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Concise History of Theatre, A, 1st edition

  • Jim A. Patterson
  • Tim Donahue

Published by Pearson (January 4th 2013) - Copyright © 2014

1st edition

Concise History of Theatre, A

ISBN-13: 9780205209828

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Overview

Focuses on the cultural significance of theatre

 

This streamlined, engaging text helps students understand the events, places and people that have influenced the history of theatre. 

 

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Identify the major time periods and geographic areas associated with the history of theatre
  • Distinguish relevant characteristics of theatre in diverse times and places.
  • Describe the underlying cultural, economic, and political environments as they affected theatre in different times and places.
  • Associate major participants who made theatre within their historical and regional context.

Table of contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

 

1) Brief Table of Contents

 

Introduction: The Theatre of Many Times and Places

Chapter 1: Greek Theatre 
Chapter 2: Roman Theatre  240 BCE - 550 CE 
Chapter 3: Early Theatre of Asia 200 BCE - 1800 CE 
Chapter 4: The European Middle Ages 
Chapter 5: The Italian Renaissance 

Chapter 6: The Golden Ages of England and Spain 

Chapter 7: Neoclassicism: Triumph and Decline in France and England 

Chapter 8: Melodrama and The Rise of Commercialism  1750 - 1900 

Chapter 9: Romanticism and Realism   1750 — 1900 

Chapter 10: Theatre in Africa  

Chapter 11:  Reactions to Commercialism and Realism  1900-1950 

Chapter 12: Musical Theatre 

Chapter 13: Eclecticism: U.S. Theatre from 1950 

Chapter 14: European Theatre after 1950 

Chapter 15:  Theatre in Asia from 1800 

Chapter 16: Globalization of Theatre 

  


2) Full Table of Contents

 

Introduction: The Theatre of Many Times and Places
The Past in the Present 
Theatre: A Definition 
Language And Its Problems 
Theatre-Like Activities 

Historical Evidence, Emphasis, and Omissions 
Organization 


Chapter 1: Greek Theatre 
Objectives 
Context 
Theories of the Origins of Theatre 

Traits of Greek Theatre 

Plays and Playwrights 

Theatre Buildings and Practices 

The Hellenistic Period 

The Shift to Rome 
Chapter 1 at a Glance 
Key Terms 
Captions 
The Play’s the Thing:  Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, 427 BCE 
The Story of the Play 
How We Know: Paintings on Greek Vases 
How We Know: Menander and The Grouch

Chapter 2: Roman Theatre  240 BCE - 550 CE 
Objectives 
Context 
Roman Festivals and Theatre of the Republic 
Tragedy and Comedy, Mostly Comedy 

Three Important Texts 

Theatre Buildings, Scenery, Costumes, and Masks 
Paratheatrical Entertainments 
Christian Opposition to Theatre
The Breakup of the Empire 
The Eastern (Byzantine) Empire and Theatre 
Chapter 2 at a Glance 
Key Terms 
Captions 
The Play’s the Thing: Plautus’s The Menaechmi
The Story of the Play 
How We Know: Theatre in an Ordinary Roman Town

 

Chapter 3: Early Theatre of Asia 200 BCE - 1800 CE 
Objectives 
Context 
India 

China 

Japan 

Summary 
Chapter 3 at a Glance 
Key Terms 
Captions
The Play's the Thing: Shakuntala 
The Story of the Play 
The Play's the Thing: Li Xingdao's Chalk Circle 
The Story of the Play 
How We Know: Shakuntala’s First Translation

The Play's the Thing: The Peony Pavilion 
The Story of the Play
 

 

Chapter 4: The European Middle Ages 
Objectives 
Context 
Early Medieval Drama and Theatre: 476 to 1200 

Production inside the Church 
Later Medieval Culture and Theatre, c. 1200—1550 
Religious Drama outside the Church 
Staging Religious Plays outside the Church 

Secular Drama 

The End of Medieval Religious Theatre: The Transformation of Medieval Secular Theatre 
Summary 
Chapter 4 at a Glance 
Key Terms 
Captions 
How We Know: Bishop Ethelwold’s Stage Directions for the Quem Quaeritis Trope 
The Play’s the Thing: The Second Shepherds' Play, Anonymous 
The Story of the Play 
How We Know: Pageant Wagons 
The Play’s the Thing: Everyman, Anonymous, c. 1490 
The Story of the Play 
How We Know: Oberammergau Passion Play

 

Chapter 5: The Italian Renaissance 
Objectives 
Context 

Theory: Neoclassicism 

Practice: Italian Renaissance Drama 

Illusionism 

Renaissance Theatre Structures

Stage Settings for Illusionistic Theatre 

Contradiction in Mainstream Theatre 
An Alternative Theatre: Commedia dell’Arte 

Italy: Eclipse 
Chapter 5 at a Glance 
Key Terms 
Captions 
How We Know: Commedia Scenarios 
Act One, Flavio's Good Fortune 

 

Chapter 6: The Golden Ages of England and Spain 
Objectives 
Context 
England and the Golden Age 

Court Masques and New Conventions: Inigo Jones 

The Closing of English Theatres 

Spain in the Golden Age 

Summary 
Chapter 6 at a Glance 
Key Terms 
Captions 
The Play’s The Thing: Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream, 1635 
The Story of the Play 
How We Know: The Swan Drawing 

How We Know: Philip Henslowe’s Inventory 
How We Know: Three Public Theatres

 

Chapter 7: Neoclassicism: Triumph and Decline in France and England 
Objectives 
Context 
French Theatre through Its Golden Age 

English Restoration Theatre (1660—c. 1750) 

The Rise of Sentimentalism: 1700–1750 

Chapter 7 at a Glance 
Key Terms 
Captions 
How We Know: A Forgotten Theatre Recovered 
The Play’s the Thing: Jean Racine’s Phèdre (Phaedra), 1677 
The Story of the Play 
The Play’s the Thing: Molière’s Tartuffe, 1669 
The Story of the Play

Chapter 8: Melodrama and The Rise of Commercialism  1750 - 1900 
Objectives 
Context 

Theatre Becomes Commercial
Theatre in Four Countries, circa 1700 to c 1850 

Commercial Theatre Develops 
Actors, Managers 

From Actor-Managers to Producers 

Drama in the Commercial Theatre 

Melodrama in the Commercial Theatre 

Comedy in the Commercial Theatre 

Reactions to the Commercial Theatre 
Chapter 8 at a Glance
Key Terms 
How We Know: Early Theatre Photography 
Captions 
The Play’s the Thing: Augustin Daly’s Under the Gaslight, 1867 
The Story of the Play


Chapter 9: Romanticism and Realism   1750 — 1900 
Objectives 
Context 

Romanticism in the Theatre 

Romanticism in Germany, England, and France 

Romanticism Dwindles 
An Aftershock: Richard Wagner, a Romantic Artist, Flourishing 1842 to 1882 

Reform After Romanticism: Realism and Naturalism, from circa 1850 
Important Leaders of Realism and Naturalism 

Plays and Playwrights of Realism 

Summary 
Chapter 9 at a Glance 
Key Terms 
Captions 
The Play’s the Thing: Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, 1879 
The Story of the Play

Chapter 10: Theatre in Africa 
Objectives 
Context 

Theatre in Northern Africa 
Theatre in Sub-Saharan Africa 

Summary 
Key Terms 
Captions 
Play’s the Thing: Wole Soyinka, Death and the Kings Horseman, 1976 
Story of the Play 
How We Know: Theatre in Ancient Egypt 

 

Chapter 11:  Reactions to Commercialism and Realism  1900-1950
Objectives 
Context 
Revolts Against Realism and Commercialism

Two Influential Theorists Against Commercialism and Realism 

Important US Theatre Groups 

The Art Theatre Movement 

Playwrights, Sometimes Commercial, Sometimes Realistic 

Theatre under Occupation and Totalitarianism 
Commercial Theatre Declines 
Summary 
Chapter 11 at a Glance 
Key Terms 
Captions 
The Play’s the Thing: Antonin Artaud’s Jet of Blood, 1924 
Story of the Play: Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, produced 1956 
The Story of the Play 

 

Chapter 12: Musical Theatre 
Objectives 
Context 
The American Musical Emerges 

Song Forms 
Musicals Since 1950 

Summary 
Chapter 12 at a Glance 
Key Terms 
Captions 
The Play’s the Thing: Girl Crazy, 1930 
The Story of the Musical 
How We Know:  Preserving Musicals

 

Chapter 13: Eclecticism: U.S. Theatre from 1950 
Objectives
Context 

Theatre Becomes Eclectic: an Overview 
Professional Theatre 

Plays Since 1950 

The Political Avant-Garde in Theatre 

The Artistic Avant-Garde in Theatre 

The Avant-garde Fades 
Identity Theatre Emerges 

Absurdism, Performance Art, and Postmodernism 

Theatrical Responses to 9/11 and New Wars 

The Cultural Displacement of Theatre 
The Play’s the Thing: Tyler Perry and the Chitlin’ Circuit 
How We Know: Theatre on Film and Tape Archive 
Key Terms 
Captions 
The Play’s the Thing: August Wilson’s Century of African American Life 
The Play’s the Thing: Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947 
The Story of the Play 
The Play's the Thing: Paula Vogel's The Baltimore Waltz, 1992 
The Story of the Play

 

Chapter 14: European Theatre after 1950 
Objectives 
Context 
Germany 

Great Britian 

France 

Italy 
Poland 
European Theatre After World War II Had Wide Impact
Summary 
Key Terms 
Captions 
The Play’s the Thing: Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, 1982 
The Story of the Play 

 

Chapter 15:  Theatre in Asia from 1800 
Objectives 
Context 
India 

Chinese Theater after 1790 

Later Japanese Theatre 

Summary 
Key Terms 
Captions 
The Play’s the Thing: Tragore’s The Post Office, 1924 

 

Chapter 16: Globalization of Theatre 
Objectives 
Context 
Musicals in Asia 
Other International Musical Successes 
Techniques and Styles 
Non-European Theatre in Western Countries 
Global Shakespeare 

Belarus Free Theatre 

Is Globalization Theatre’s Destiny?
Summary 
Key Terms 
Captions 

 

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