The Drama Handbook: A Guide to Reading Plays

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 416 pages
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'Could be read with profit and pleasure by any theatregoer.' -Steven Poole, The Guardian'A good basic introduction for first year students to problems of reading plays as performance texts, i.e. reading theatrically.' -Professor R. A. Cave, Royal HollowayA compact, wide-ranging, and accessible guide to reading plays, The Drama Handbook stresses the importance of understanding performance conventions and production processes through history, and offers clearly defined and presented critical vocabularies.

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John Lennard teaches at the Universities of Cambridge and Notre Dame, and for the British American Drama Academy in London. He is the author of 'But I Digress' (1991), the best-selling 'The Poetry Handbook' (1996), and an on-line guide, 'Reading Contemporary Poetry' (2001). Mary Luckhurst is Lecturer in Modern Drama at the University of York. She is an award-winning playwright, and has worked as a director. She has edited 'The Creative Writing Handbook', 'OnDirecting' (2001), and 'On Acting' (forthcoming 2002) for Faber and Faber.

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