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The Broadview Anthology of Drama: Plays from the Western Theatre is a chronological presentation of 43 plays in two volumes, ranging from the ancient theatre world to the present day. Each chapter focuses on a specific period and begins with an insightful introduction sketching the historical and theatrical landscape of that period. Contextualization for each play is provided through a thorough account of the literary and dramatic background of the play along with clear and comprehensive annotation. In addition, the editors have provided a glossary of terms used in the anthology to better equip students with a vocabulary for discussing the world of the stage.
“Wise and Walker deserve kudos for editing this outstanding new anthology of Western drama. In two volumes, the anthology offers something for everyone: plenty of 'classic' texts, a wide selection of plays by new or under-represented dramatists, more comedies than most anthologies, meticulous and well-researched annotations, and many specially commissioned translations that are lively and accessible. The expertly written introductions provide excellent orientations to each historical era and individual play. A useful and thoroughly engaging anthology!” - Jerry Dickey, University of Arizona
“The Broadview Anthology of Drama succeeds in its ambitious attempt ‘to tell the ongoing story of Western theatre and drama’ in two volumes. Socially significant dramas share space with acknowledged classics. Comedies are generously represented, as are plays by female playwrights. Introductions are clear, footnotes are useful, and many translations are freshly commissioned, making this an appealing text for both undergraduate and graduate survey courses. An impressive achievement.” - Andrew Sofer, Boston College
Special Combination Price: When shrinkwrapped together, Volumes I and II are available for the special price of CDN & US $72.95.
Jennifer Wise is Associate Professor of Theatre History at the University of Victoria and the author of Dionysus Writes: The Invention of Theatre in Ancient Greece (Cornell University Press, 1998).
Craig S. Walker is Associate Professor of Drama at Queen’s University and the author of The Buried Astrolabe: Canadian Dramatic Imagination and Western Tradition (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001).
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The Nineteenth Century:
Woyzeck (Büchner, translated by Carl Richard Mueller)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (Aiken & Stowe)
Hedda Gabler (Ibsen, translated by Craig Walker, based on translation of William Archer & Edmund Gosse)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde)
King Ubu (Jarry, translated by David Edney)
The Twentieth Century
Modernism and After:
The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov, a version by Craig Walker)
Major Barbara (Shaw)
Ghost Sonata (Strindberg, translated by Elizabeth Sprigge)
Native Son (Greene & Wright)
The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Brecht, translated by Ralph Manheim)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Williams)
Les Belles Soeurs (Tremblay, translated by John Van Burek & Bill Glassco)
Aunt Dan and Lemon (Shawn)
The Rez Sisters (Highway)
Our Country's Good (Wertenbaker)
Mad Forest (Churchill)
The Monument (Wagner)
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The Broadview Anthology of Drama (Volume II)
2003 • 674pp • Paperback • 9781551115825 / 1551115824