By David Krasner
A historical past of recent Drama: Volume II explores a amazing breadth of subject matters and analytical ways to the dramatic works, authors, and transitional occasions and hobbies that formed global drama from 1960 via to the sunrise of the hot millennium.
- Features targeted analyses of performs and playwrights, analyzing the effect of quite a lot of writers, from mainstream icons comparable to Harold Pinter and Edward Albee, to extra unorthodox works via Peter Weiss and Sarah Kane
- Provides international insurance of either English and non-English dramas – together with works from Africa and Asia to the center East
- Considers the impression of artwork, track, literature, structure, society, politics, tradition, and philosophy at the formation of postmodern dramatic literature
- Combines wide-ranging issues with unique theories, overseas viewpoint, and philosophical and cultural context
Completes a finished two-part paintings studying sleek international drama, and along A background of recent Drama: Volume I, deals readers whole assurance of an entire century within the evolution of worldwide dramatic literature.
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