The Broadview Anthology of Drama, Volume 2: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2003
  • ISBN: 9781551115825 / 1551115824
  • 688 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"
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The Broadview Anthology of Drama, Volume 2: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

  • Publication Date: July 9, 2003
  • ISBN: 9781551115825 / 1551115824
  • 688 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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.

Comments

“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

VOLUME II

Introduction

5 The Nineteenth Century

Georg Buchner
Woyzeck (1837)
Carl Richard Mueller, trans.
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Harriet Beecher Stowe
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)
Adapted by George Aiken
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Henrik Ibsen
Hedda Gabler (1890)
A new version by Craig S. Walker, based on the
original English translation by William Archer and Edmund Gosse

Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Alfred Jarry
King Ubu (1896)
David Edney, trans.
Craig S. Walker, ed.

6 The Twentieth Century:
Modernism and After

Anton Chekhov
The Cherry Orchard (1904)
A new version by Craig S. Walker

Bernard Shaw
Major Barbara (including preface) (1907)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

August Strindberg
The Ghost Sonata (1908)
Elizabeth Sprigge, trans.
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Paul Green & Richard Wright
Native Son (1941)
From the novel by Richard Wright
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Bertolt Brecht
The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1948)
Ralph Manheim, trans.
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Tennessee Williams
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Samuel Beckett
Play (1963)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Michel Tremblay
Les Belles Soeurs (1968)
John Van Burek & Bill Glassco, trans.
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Wallace Shawn
Aunt Dan and Lemon (1985)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Tomson Highway
The Rez Sisters (1986)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Timberlake Wertenbaker
Our Country’s Good (1989)
Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Caryl Churchill
Mad Forest (1990)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Colleen Wagner
The Monument (1995)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

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).

The Broadview Anthology of Drama Volumes I and II may be packaged for a discounted price of $72.95. To order this package, please contact Customer Service.

The student companion site includes study questions, a chronology, a glossary of dramatic terms, and historical documents related to drama (photos, sketches, contemporary reviews, other readings). An access code to the website is included with all new copies. If you purchased a used copy or are missing your passcode for this site, please click here to purchase a code online.

— Deeply discounted bundle price available for volumes 1 & 2
— 18 plays spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on the latter
— Introductions to each play give a thorough account of literary and dramatic background
— Clear and comprehensive annotation
— Glossary of terms
— Introduction that discusses the unique challenges and rewards of reading drama
— Many engaging new translations
— Companion site includes study questions, a chronology, a glossary of dramatic terms, and historical documents related to drama (photos, sketches, contemporary reviews, other readings)