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Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr

25 February 2016

ISBN: 9780199658770

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £7.99

This book tells the story of modern drama through its seminal, groundbreaking plays and performances, and the artistic diversity that these represent. Exploring the new note of artistic hostility between dramatists and their audience, Shepherd-Barr draws on a range of theories and performances to reveal what makes modern drama "modern".

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This book tells the story of modern drama through its seminal, groundbreaking plays and performances, and the artistic diversity that these represent. Exploring the new note of artistic hostility between dramatists and their audience, Shepherd-Barr draws on a range of theories and performances to reveal what makes modern drama "modern".

  • Traces the development and evolution of modern drama since 1880
  • Considers drama from a diverse range of cultures and societies
  • Emphasizes the dual nature of drama, exploring how it behaves on both the page and the stage
  • Covers the works of key playwrights including Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Wilde, Glaspell, O'Neill, Osborne, Delaney, Hansberry, Williams, Miller, Baraka, and Churchill, and considers how they share themes of hostility and contrarianism
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, University Lecturer in Modern Drama, Faculty of English, University of Oxford

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine's College. She is the author of Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett (Columbia University Press, 2015), Science on Stage: From Doctor Faustus to Copenhagen (Princeton University Press, 2006), and Ibsen and Early Modernist Theatre, 1890-1900 (Greenwood Press, 1997) as well as numerous articles on modern drama.

Table of Contents

    1:1880-1900: realism, naturalism and symbolism
    2:1900-1920: sex, suffrage, and scandal
    3:1920-1940: metatheatre and modernity
    4:1940-1960: salesmen , southerners, anger and ennui
    5:1960-1980: absurdism, protest and commitment
    6:1980-2000: bearing witness
    7:2000-present: contemporary theatre

Reviews

"Shepherd-Barr manages to survey over a hundred years of Western drama in this pocket-sized book ... Providing a cursory, but considered, overview that introduces the reader to the richness and diversity of the topic in an engaging and readily comprehensible manner. That is no mean feat." - Adrian Curtin, Studies in Theatre and Performance

"an excellent and insightful short introduction to modern drama" - Adrian Curtin, Studies in Theatre and Performance

"Modern Drama: A Very Short Introduction, is something of a marvel. A clear case is made for each of the eras of modern drama while also demonstrating the lasting influence of directors, playwrights, and styles." - Lee Jacobus, Emeritus Prof. of English, UConn, Storrs