Studying plays /

by Wallis, Mick.
Additional authors: Shepherd, Simon.
Edition statement:2nd ed. Published by : Arnold, (London :) Physical details: viii, 214 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. ISBN:034080730X (pbk.) :.
Subject(s): Drama -- Explication.
Year: 2002
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The new edition of this standard textbook has been revised and expanded in response to lecturers' comments. It provides a comprehensive introduction to play texts, and looks at key elements of drama such as character, dialogue, plot, action, the body, and space. The book also discusses theatricality and sets drama in its historical context. Drawing on examples from King Lear, A Doll's House, Waiting for Godot, and The Tempest among others, the textbook is suitable for beginning students of drama. The book is part of the series that includes Studying the Novel and Studying Poetry.

Previous ed.: 1998.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. ix)
  • 1 Getting started (p. 1)
  • 1.1 Reading the play (p. 1)
  • 1.2 Stage directions (p. 11)
  • 2 Characters and persons (p. 15)
  • 2.1 Expectations about character (p. 15)
  • 2.2 Three aspects of dramatic character (p. 16)
  • 2.3 Mapping characters (p. 18)
  • 2.4 Developing the aspects of dramatic character (p. 20)
  • 2.5 Character articulation (p. 26)
  • 2.6 Further aspects of dramatic character (p. 37)
  • 2.7 Character at work (p. 38)
  • 3 Dialogue (p. 41)
  • 3.1 The workings of dialogue (p. 41)
  • 3.2 The workings of conversation (p. 51)
  • 3.3 Speech acts (p. 60)
  • 3.4 The stylistics of theatrical prose and verse (p. 68)
  • 4 Plot and action (p. 73)
  • 4.1 Plot, action and situation (p. 73)
  • 4.2 Modelling action (p. 77)
  • 4.3 Story, plot and narration (p. 88)
  • 4.4 Character and scenes (p. 95)
  • 5 The actor's body (p. 104)
  • 5.1 Stage directions (p. 104)
  • 5.2 Limits and margins (p. 122)
  • 6 Spaces (p. 127)
  • 6.1 Space and A Doll's House (p. 127)
  • 6.2 A systematic approach to space (p. 135)
  • 6.3 Models and maps of theatrical space (p. 165)
  • 7 Culture and interpretation (p. 168)
  • 7.1 Writers (p. 169)
  • 7.2 Location (p. 171)
  • 7.3 Performers (p. 177)
  • 7.4 Audiences (p. 185)
  • 7.5 Interpretation (p. 196)
  • Glossary (p. 199)
  • Bibliography (p. 203)
  • Index (p. 211)

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