The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, Volume 2
Gabrielle H. Cody, Evert Sprinchorn
Columbia University Press, 2007 - Drama - 1721 pages
"The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama covers the period from 1860 to the present. ... The distinctive feature of this encyclopedia is the emphasis it places on the cultural context of dramatic works and their authors."-Preface.
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A good reference work is dependable, well written, easily used by any sort of researcher, and attractive. A great reference work embodies all those traits in addition to featuring excellent indexing and cross-references, plus an indefinable certain something that makes readers want to browse, explore, and learn more. Editors Cody (drama & film, Vassar;Impossible Performances: Duras as Dramatist ) and Sprinchorn (drama, emeritus, Vassar;Ibsen: Letters and Speeches ) have created a truly great encyclopedia. Approximately 1400 A-to-Z articles signed by more than 450 scholars are cross-referenced by country, playwright, play name, genre, and era. Each entry is at least 500 words and opens with a pertinent quote. Playwright entries are followed by "Select Plays" and "Further Reading." A quick glance through the "Synoptic Outline of Contents" will give readers an overview of the scope and arrangement of this lovely set. The editors define "modern" as the period from 1860 (most famously, Henrik Ibsen's era) to the present day. While the scope is chiefly Western, the coverage of topics such as South African theater and Japanese Noh theater is also excellent.BOTTOM LINE Usable, thorough, and wide-ranging; highly recommended for academic libraries and public libraries with a significant interest in modern drama.-Jan Brue Enright, Augustana Coll. Lib., Sioux Falls, SD
This reference is inaccurate in its description of the play "Dear Yelena Sergeevna" by Lyudmila Razumovskaya. This book asserts that play ends with the suicide of the teacher; the end is, in fact, left ambiguous.