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Drama: Between Poetry and Performance

January 2010, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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An engaging book spanning the fields of drama, literary criticism, genre, and performance studies, Drama: Between Poetry and Performance teaches students how to read drama by exploring the threshold between text and performance.

  • Draws on examples from major playwrights including Shakespeare, Ibsen, Beckett, and Parks
  • Explores the critical terms and controversies that animate the performance and study of drama, such as the status of language, the function of character and plot, and uses of writing
  • Engages in a theoretical, disciplinary, and cultural repositioning of drama, by exploring and contesting its position at the threshold between text and performance
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Acknowledgments.

Preface: Drama, Poetry, and Performance.

Introduction: Between Poetry and Performance.

i. Shakespeare 3.0.

ii. Images of Writing/Metaphors of Performance.

The score.

The blueprint.

Information/software.

Dramatic tools, performance technologies.

iii. Agencies of Drama: Burke, Poetry, and Performance.

Writing as agency: "Antony in Behalf of the Play".

1. From Poetry to Performance.

i. Dramatic Performance and its Discontents: The New Criticism.

Drama, poetry, and "interpretation".

"An arrangement of words".

Acts of speech.

Heresy, responsibility, and performance.

ii. Dramatic Writing and its Discontents: Performance Studies, Drama Studies.

Antigone’s bones.

The "theater of acting".

Rethinking writing.

2. Performing Writing: Hamlet.

i. Hamlet’s Book.

Playing the book.

The law of writ.

Speaking by the card.

ii. Corrupt Stuff; or, Doing Things with (Old) Words.

The crux of performance.

Enseamed beds.

iii. "OK, we can skip to the book": The Wooster Group Hamlet.

Theatrofilm by Electronovision.

(Re)playing Burton, performing Hamlet.

3. Embodying Writing: Ibsen and Parks.

i. Can We Act What We Say?: Rosmersholm.

Inscribing character.

Acting the role.

Confession, disclosure, detour.

Doing (unspeakable) things with words.

ii. Footnoting Performance: The America Play and Venus.

A wink to Mr. Lincolns pasteboard cutout.

Diggidy-diggidy-diggidy-dawg.

4. Writing Space: Beckett and Brecht.

i. Quad: Euclidean Dramaturgies.

ii. By Accepting This License.

iii. What Where: Brechtian Technologies.

Notes.

Works Cited.

Further Reading.  

Index.

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W. B. Worthen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of The Idea of the Actor (1984), Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater (1992), Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance (1997), Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance (2003), and Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama (2006). He is also the editor of several volumes, including A Companion to Shakespeare and Performance (with Barbara Hodgdon, Wiley-Blackwell 2005), and the Wadsworth Anthology of Drama, 5th edition (2006).
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  • An engaging book spanning the fields of drama, literary criticism, genre, and performance studies, which not only teaches students how to read drama, but also explores the key questions that have occupied the earliest playwrights through to today’s most distinguished literary and cultural critics
  • Draws on examples from major playwrights including Shakespeare, Ibsen, Beckett, and Parks
  • Explores the critical terms and controversies that animate the performance and study of drama, such as the status of language, the function of character and plot, and uses of writing
  • Engages in a theoretical, disciplinary, and cultural repositioning of drama, by exploring and contesting its position at the threshold between text and performance
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"So very, very few scholarly studies in the field have been useful in the classroom. In this context, Worthen's book is nothing short of god-sent."
Martin Puchner, Harvard University

"An impressive—indeed, brilliant—book, a powerful defence of dramatic textuality in its relationship to performance […] In addition to its deft negotiation of print practices and other early social technologies, it is refreshingly up-to-date in its awareness of the ways that digital technologies have transformed the delivery and reception of textual performance today."
Stanton B. Garner Jr, University of Tennessee

"Essential reading not only for all drama and theatre studies students from undergraduate level upwards, but for anyone involved in teaching them, researching in the field, or interested in the state of theatre history, theory and criticism today."
Robert Shaughnessy, University of Kent

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