Lee A. Jacobus
(University of Connecticut)
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A comprehensive and well balanced selection of plays spans every major period of drama from classical times to the present. The collection includes in-depth treatment of Sophocles and Shakespeare, several American multicultural plays, strong representation of female playwrights with 12 plays by women, and the strongest selection of contemporary plays with eight plays that have premiered since 2000.
Four casebooks and 40 commentaries give students a rich understanding of the contexts from which plays emerge and provide a variety of perspectives from reviewers, directors, and playwrights to inform students’ thinking.
Keen emphasis on plays in performance helps students understand historical developments in theater and their effects on interpretation. Each historical introduction discusses theater design, staging, and acting style, and each play introduction gives a brief history of the play in performance. Over 200 photographs and illustrations help students visualize the choices of actors, set designers, and directors.
Editorial features designed with students in mind include a succinct but thorough introduction to the history, genres, and elements of drama; an appendix on writing about drama with student samples; and a helpful glossary.
A robust companion Web site offers students drama tutorials, additional casebooks, study and discussion questions, writing and Web assignments, and annotated links to the best drama resources on the Web. Resources for instructors include assignment ideas, a bibliography, and a list of recommended audiovisual resources.
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