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The Theatre: A Concise History (World of Art)by Phyllis Hartnoll
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Acting, direction, stagecraft, theater architecture and design, above all the whole extraordinary evolution of dramatic literature — here is an all-embracing and richly illustrated history, worldwide in scope and ranging from the ancient origins of the theater in the choral hymns sung around the altar of Dionysus to the fascinating variety of forms that it has taken in our own age.
For this revised edition, Enoch Brater has written a new chapter, taking into account contemporary movements in theater. He includes recent developments such as performance art, improvisation, and the so-called avant-garde that audiences associate with Robert Wilson, Mabou Mines, and the Wooster Group. There is also a look back at Chaikin and the Living Theatre, and the work of European directors such as Mnouchkine, Peter Brook, and Peter Stein.
Book News Annotation:
A fast-forward version of the genre, from the Greek and Roman eras to the 1990s. Considers acting, directing, stagecraft, theater architecture and design, and of course the plays themselves. Hartnoll (d. 1997) was a pioneer of theatre research. The first two editions were published in 1968 and 1985; Enoch Brater (English and theater, U. of Michigan) directs the third. No subject index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This history of theatre is worldwide in scope, ranging from its ancient origins to the variety of forms which it has taken in our own age. The book covers acting, direction, stagecraft, theatre architecture and design, and the evolution of dramatic literature.
"A reliable and detailed document, richly illustrated, of use to students of history and theatre alike."—The Times Educational Supplement
Acting, direction, stagecraft, theatre architecture and design, above all the whole extraordinary evolution of dramatic literature – here is an all-embracing and richly illustrated history, worldwide in scope and ranging from the ancient origins of the theatre in the choral hymns sung around the altar of Dionysus to the fascinating variety of forms that it has taken in our own age.
For this updated edition, Enoch Brater, Professor of English and Theatre at the University of Michigan and a specialist on modern and contemporary drama, brings the discussion up to the present day. He surveys new trends in theatre, including performance art, mixed-media stagings, multi-cultural theatre, feminism and theatre, dance theatre and ethnic drama, with a wealth of new illustrations and up-to-date reference material.
For the revised edition of Hartnoll's all-embracing and richly illustrated history of the theatre, Enoch Brater has written a new chapter, taking into account the medium's contemporary movements. 285 illustrations, 45 in color.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-300) and index.
About the Author
Phyllis Hartnoll was editor of the Oxford Companion to the Theatre and a well-known authority on theatre history.Enoch Brater is Professor of English and Theatre at the University of Michigan.
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