A history of modern drama / Vol. 1 by David Krasner
By David Krasner
A historical past of recent Drama: Volume II explores a extraordinary breadth of issues and analytical ways to the dramatic works, authors, and transitional occasions and pursuits that formed international drama from 1960 via to the sunrise of the recent millennium.
- Features distinctive analyses of performs and playwrights, reading the impact of quite a lot of writers, from mainstream icons similar to Harold Pinter and Edward Albee, to extra unorthodox works via Peter Weiss and Sarah Kane
- Provides worldwide assurance of either English and non-English dramas – together with works from Africa and Asia to the center East
- Considers the impression of artwork, track, literature, structure, society, politics, tradition, and philosophy at the formation of postmodern dramatic literature
- Combines wide-ranging subject matters with unique theories, foreign point of view, and philosophical and cultural context
Completes a finished two-part paintings analyzing sleek international drama, and along A historical past of contemporary Drama: Volume I, bargains readers whole insurance of an entire century within the evolution of worldwide dramatic literature.
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