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  ROUTLEDGE LITERARY SOURCEBOOK ON HENRIK IBSEN'S HEDDA GABLER
ROUTLEDGE 2003
A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler

Since Hedda Gabler exploded onto European and American stages in the1890s, the play and its title character have troubled and transfixed audiences, performers, and critics the world over.

This Routledge Literary Sourcebook balances essential reprinted texts with clear, incisive commentary to:

  • set the play within the contexts of Norwegian nationalism, the women's movement, and the cultural movement of Naturalism;
  • examine -- and emphasize the links between -- the performance and criticism of the play, from 1890 to the present;
  • offer the ideal guide to key passages in the play, showing how a knowledge of the play's contexts, performance history, and critical fortunes can give rise to exciting new readings of the text;
  • prepare readers for further study of the play, with suggestions for reading on specific issues of interest.

No reader should be without this guide as they enter the fascinating world of Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen, and Naturalist theater.

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  A SOURCEBOOK ON NATURALIST THEATRE
ROUTLEDGE 2000
A Sourcebook on Naturalist Theatre

A Sourcebook on Naturalist Theatre provides essential primary sources which document one of the key movements in modern theatre. Three writers are selected to exemplify the movement, and six plays in particular:

  • Henrik lbsen -- A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler
  • Anton Chekhov -- The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard
  • George Bernard Shaw -- Mrs Warren's Profession and Heartbreak House

The illuminating introduction provides a fascinating overview of naturalist theatre. Key themes include:

  • the representation of women
  • significant contemporary issues
  • the links between theory; playwriting and stage practice
  • the use of ideas as the basis for action and character.

The primary sources explore many aspects of Naturalism, among them:

  • the dramatists' aims
  • the first staging of each play
  • public reception.

This is a must-have volume for all students studying theatre.

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  CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
CAMBRIDGE UP 1998
The Cambridge companion to George Bernard Shaw

This is an indispensable guide to one of the most influential and important dramatists of the theatre. The volume offers a wide-ranging study of Shaw with essays by a team of leading scholars. The Companion covers all aspects of Shaw's drama, focusing both on the political and theatrical context, while the extensive illustrations showcase productions from the Shaw Festival in Canada. In addition to situating Shaw's work in its own time, the Companion demonstrates its continuing relevance, and applies some of the newest critical approaches.

Topics include Shaw and the publishing trade, Shaw and feminism, Shaw and the Empire, as well as analyses of the early plays, discussion plays and history plays.

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  (WITH FREDERICK J. MARKER) MODERNISM IN EUROPEAN DRAMA: IBSEN, STRINDBERG, PIRANDELLO, BECKETT
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESS 1998
Modernism in European Drama: Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello, Beckett: Essays From Modern Drama

This collection of essays, drawn from scholarship over the last forty years, explores the drama of four of the most influential proponents of modernism in European drama: Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello, and Beckett. Although there are there dramatists who also contributed to Modernism, these four illustrate widely different and contrasting aspects of the movement. Since discussions of Modernism are generally restricted to poetry, novels, or the fine arts (painting, sculpture), examining theatre from this perspective covers new ground.

The choice of these four dramatists as the subjects of the volume reflects the large percentage of essays dealing with their work published by Modern Drama, the leading scholarly journal in the field, which in turn is a measure of the centrality of these particular playwrights in critical discourse. The essays here have been selected to cover the main elements of the work of each of the four dramatists, with the aim of creating a useful teaching tool for university courses. Since some of the essays selected go back to the 1960s, while others are very contemporary, this volume also offers a perspective on the historical development of critical theory.

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