The Broadview Anthology of Drama, Volume 1: From Antiquity Through the Eighteenth Century
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2003
  • ISBN: 9781551111391 / 155111139X
  • 865 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"
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The Broadview Anthology of Drama, Volume 1: From Antiquity Through the Eighteenth Century

  • Publication Date: July 9, 2003
  • ISBN: 9781551111391 / 155111139X
  • 865 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 I

Introduction

I The Ancient Theatre I

Aeschylus
THE ORESTEIA (C.458 B.C.E.)
Jennifer Wise, ed.
Agamemnon
Richmond Lattimore, trans.
The Libation Bearers
Geoffrey W. Bakewell, trans.
Eumenides
Geoffrey W. Bakewell, trans.

Sophocles
Oedipus Tymnnos (C.429 B.C.E.)
Thomas Gould, trans.
Jennifer Wise, ed.

Euripides
Hippolytus (428 B.C.E.)
Gilbert & Sarah Lawall, trans.
Jennifer Wise, ed.

Aristophanes
Frogs (405 B.C.E.)
Jennifer Wise, ed. and trans.

Plautus
Miles Gloriosus (The Braggart Warrior) (206 B.C.E.)
Peter L. Smith, trans.
Jennifer Wise, ed.

2 Medieval Drama

Hroswitha of Gandersheim
The Conversion of Thais the Whore (10th century C.E.)
Katharina M. Wilson, trans.
Jennifer Wise, ed.

Hildegard of Bingen
The Play of the Virtues (C.1150)
Peter Dronke, trans.
Jennifer Wise, ed.

Anonymous (The “Wakefield Master”)
The Second Shepherds’ Play (C.1450?)
Jennifer Wise, ed.

Anonymous
The Farce of Master Pierre Pathelin (C.1460?)
Jennifer Wise, ed.

Anonymous
Everyman (after 1485)
Jennifer Wise, ed.

3 The Renaissance

Christopher Marlowe
Doctor Faustus (1588)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

William Shakespeare
Hamlet (1600)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

William Shakespeare
The Tempest (1611)
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Lope de Vega
Fuenteovejuna (1612)
Richard Sanger, trans.
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Molière
Tartuffe (1669)
Richard Wilbur, trans.
Craig S. Walker, ed.

Jean-Baptiste Racine
Phèdre (1677)
William Packard, trans.
Craig S. Walker, ed.

4 The Enlightenment Stage

Aphra Behn
The Rover (1667)
Anne Russell, ed.

William Wycherley
The Country Wife (1675)
Peggy Thompson, ed.

William Congreve
The Way of the World (1700)
Richard Kroll, ed.

Susannah Centlivre
A Bold Stroke for a Wife (1718)
Nancy Copeland, ed.

Carlo Gozzi
Turandot (1761)
Albert Bermel & Ted Emery, trans.
Jennifer Wise, ed.

Beaumarchais
The Marriage of Figaro (1778-1784)
John Van Burek & Jennifer Wise, trans.
Jennifer Wise, ed.

Friedrich Schiller
The Robbers (1778-1782)
F.J. Lamport, trans.
Jennifer Wise, ed.

Glossary
Sources

Jennifer Wise is Associate Professor of Theatre History at the University of Victoria and is 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 is 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
— 26 plays spanning the ancient theatre through the 18th century
— 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)