Drama Criticism assembles critical responses to the writings of the world’s most renowned playwrights and provides supplementary biographical context and bibliographic material to guide the reader to a greater understanding of the genre and its creators. Each entry includes a set of previously published reviews, essays and other critical responses from sources that include scholarly books and journals, literary magazines, interviews, letters and diaries, carefully selected to create a representative history and cross-section of critical responses.
Although plays and playwrights are also covered in other titles from the Gale Literature Criticism series, Drama Criticism offers a greater focus on understanding drama than is possible in the broader, survey-oriented entries in those series. Clear, accessible introductory essays followed by carefully selected critical responses allow end-users to engage with a variety of scholarly views and conversations about poets and their works. Student’s writing papers or class presentations, instructors preparing their syllabi, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the genre will find this a highly useful resource.
Each volume of this resource covers four to eight significant dramatists or plays. For each play or playwright featured, a full range of critical opinion is presented, along with a biographical sketch, a chronological list of the writer’s major works, and more. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text.
"An important reference for drama and literature students interested in gaining a more global perspective on playwrights, both past and present. Highly recommended." -- ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) 1999— ARBA
"Libraries that receive frequent requests for critical essays on plays will welcome the addition of Drama Criticism." -- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin— Booklist
Verse and drama have provided outlets for emotive expression and the creative impulse for centuries. Poignant, inspiring, and thought-provoking, plays and poems spoken or written in any language help reinterpret reality and evoke some of humanity's most profound truths. The terms culled in this volume describe many of the most potent elements of language—those that venture beyond the realm of prose and invoke the power of cadence, lyricism, and drama to recount all aspects of the human condition.Price: Sign in for price