Living Theatre: History of the Theatre

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Living Theater: A History conveys the excitement and variety of theater throughout time and the dynamic way in which our interpretation of theater history is informed by contemporary scholarship. Rather than presenting readers with a mere catalog of historical facts and figures, Wilson and Goldfarb set each period in context through an exploration of the social, political and economic conditions of the day, and create a vivid study of the developments in theater during that time.

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This text aims to convey the excitement and variety of theatre throughout time. Rather than presenting a catalogue of historical data, the authors set each period in context and explore the social, political and economic conditions of the day. Biographies of key players are included.

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Seventeen new biographies have been added to this edition, including histories of Lope de Rueda, The Female Wits, Eva Le Gallienne, Anna Deveare Smith, and Wole Soyinka. These profiles provide details of personal histories in addition to productions, dates, and photographs.
Expanded discussions on current topics such as the excavations of the Globe and the Rose in London, and Professor John J. Allen's important work on the Corral del Principe in Madrid.
Revised throughout to reflect current scholarship, especially Chapter 4, Early Asian Theater.
New material on Contemporary theater, African American theater, and on Russian theater in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Debates in History: These brief essays focus on points of disagreement among scholars and historians, underscoring the fact that there are multiple interpretations of theater history.
Biography sections in every chapter focus on the artists who created theater. An integral part of the text, these sections are highlighted with photos, rather than set apart in boxes, so that the flow of Living Theateris not interrupted.
Timelines relate important dates in theater to significant events in politics, economics, and the other arts.
Maps give a sense of geographical context and indicate changing national boundaries over time.
A lively illustration program including photographs, plans, and drawings tied directly to the text.

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