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Bound by the City
Bound by the City (August 2009)
Greek Tragedy, Sexual Difference, and the Formation of the Polis
Denise Eileen McCoskey - Editor
Emily Zakin - Editor

Explores the connections between sexual difference and political structure in ancient Greek tragedy.

This collection offers a vibrant exploration of the bonds between sexual difference and political structure in Greek tragedy. In looking at how the acts of violence and tortured kinship relations are depicted in the work of all three major Greek tragic playwrights—Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides—...(Read More)
The Death of Empedocles
The Death of Empedocles (October 2008)
A Mourning-Play
Friedrich Holderlin - Author
David Farrell Krell - Translated with introduction, notes, and analysis by

The definitive scholarly edition and new translation of all three versions of Hölderlin’s poem, The Death of Empedocles, and his related theoretical essays.

On the eve of his final odes and hymns, Friedrich Hölderlin composed three versions of a dramatic poem on the suicide of the early Greek thinker, Empedocles of Acragas. This book offers the first complete translation of the three v...(Read More)
Shared Stages
Shared Stages (October 2007)
Ten American Dramas of Blacks and Jews
Sarah Blacher Cohen - Edited and with an introduction by
Joanne B. Koch - Edited and with an introduction by

Ten contemporary plays that dramatize the volatile relationships between Blacks and Jews in American society.

Shared Stages brings together ten of the best contemporary American plays that dramatize the explosive relationship of two tightly knit peoples—Blacks and Jews—in American society. Including works such as Driving Miss Daisy, I’m Not Rappaport, Fires in the Mirror, and Meda...(Read More)
Landmark Yiddish Plays
Landmark Yiddish Plays (July 2006)
A Critical Anthology
Joel Berkowitz - Editor, translator and introduction by
Jeremy Dauber - Editor, translator and introduction by

Introduces readers to comic and tragic masterpieces spanning 150 years of Yiddish drama.

Offering snapshots of a pivotal era in which the Jews of Europe made the transition from a traditional to a more modern world, the Yiddish plays translated and collected here wrestle with issues that continue to concern us today: changing gender roles, generational conflict, class divisions, and religious persecution. In their ...(Read More)
Staging History
Staging History (April 2005)
Brecht's Social Concepts of Ideology
Astrid Oesmann - Author

Examines Brecht's use of the theatre as a public arena for political change.

Staging History analyzes the commitment to social change present in the theatrical and theoretical writings of Bertolt Brecht. Challenging previous notions, Astrid Oesmann argues that Brecht's work was less dependent on Marxist ideology than is often assumed and that his work should be seen as a coherent whole. Brecht used the stage to releas...(Read More)
Latin American Women On/In Stages
Latin American Women On/In Stages (November 2004)
Margo Milleret - Author

Compares plays by Latin American women dramatists born after 1945.

While a feminine perspective has become more common on Latin American stages since the late 1960s, few of the women dramatists who have contributed to this new viewpoint have received scholarly attention. Latin American Women On/In Stages examines twenty-four plays written by women living in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto R...(Read More)
The Drama of Fallen France
The Drama of Fallen France (December 2003)
Reading la Comedie sans Tickets
Kenneth Krauss - Author

Examines the role of the theatre in Paris during the Nazi occupation.

The Drama of Fallen France examines various dramatic works written and/or produced in Paris during the four years of Nazi occupation and explains what they may have meant to their original audiences. Because of widespread financial support from the new French government at Vichy, the former French capital underwent a renaissance of theatre durin...(Read More)

Five Comedies
Five Comedies (April 2003)
George Sand - Author
E. H. Blackmore - Translator
A. M. Blackmore - Translator
Francine Giguere - Translator

Two full-length and three one-act plays, translated here for the first time into English.

Best known as a novelist, George Sand (1804–1876) was also arguably the most successful woman dramatist in history. More than twenty of her plays were staged in major Paris theaters to widespread popular and critical acclaim. Translated here for the first time into English are her two most famous full-length comedies, The Ma...(Read More)
How the World Became a Stage
How the World Became a Stage (October 2002)
Presence, Theatricality, and the Question of Modernity
William Egginton - Author

Argues that the experience of modernity is fundamentally spatial rather than subjective.

What is special, distinct, modern about modernity? In How the World Became a Stage, William Egginton argues that the experience of modernity is fundamentally spatial rather than subjective and proposes replacing the vocabulary of subjectivity with the concepts of presence and theatricality. Following a Heideggerian injuncti...(Read More)
Truth and the Comedic Art
Truth and the Comedic Art (September 2000)
Michael Gelven - Author

A philosophical inquiry into the essence of comedy.
Traditional philosophy places a singular emphasis on tragedy, acting under the assumption that tragedy is more profound than comedy. Gelven argues that comedy deserves equal if not greater attention from philosophy. Through the interpretative readings and concrete analysis of three classical works, Gelven shows that comedy provides an access to truth unavailable by any other means. Silvi...(Read More)
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