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Special Reports for " English Language and Literature"

Theater: From the Mask to the Moderns

Joe Giannetti/Courtesy Guthrie Theater 
Peter James as the character Dionysus, the mysterious stranger in Euripides' The Bacchae.

In Egypt some three thousand years ago, theater was a participatory event. Throughout each year, vast community dramas were enacted that ...

The Greeks in Time and Space
In the latter part of the nineteenth century, the boys of Shrewsbury School in England staged a Greek comedy. It was Peace by ...

Shakespearean Themes
"If making many books there is no end"--so pronounced the sage Koheleth in Ecclesiastes (12:12), one of the Wisdom Books of the Old ...

French Theater in the Seventeenth Century
In the year 1636, the curtain rose on what was to be without any doubt the most glorious era in the history of the French theater. It was ...

Artist and Audience in Japan's Classic Theater
In 1916, in the hope that it might help him "explain a certain possibility of the Irish dramatic movement," William Butler Yeasts wrote ...

The Dramatic Art of Henrik Ibsen
When the National Theatre in Oslo opened its 1988 fall season in September, it featured two Ibsen plays: Ghosts and Hedda Gabler. In ...

Bernard Shaw's Dramatic Dialectic
"I don't believe in morality," an amoral painter named Dubedat tells a group of doctors in Shaw's play The Doctor's Dilemma (1906). As if ...

The Beckett Landscape
That Beckett's art is quintessentially Irish is a fact that goes generally unrecognized because his dialogue shuns stage-Irish fancy ...

Theater Today: Dialogue With Ourselves
The root of theater, suggested Aristotle some 2,400 years ago, lies in the concept of mimesis, imitation of actions laid out in a ...

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