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Dramaturgy and Dramatic Character
A Long View


  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316509067
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  • Dramatic character is among the most long-standing and familiar of artistic phenomena. From the theatre of Dionysus in ancient Greece to the modern stage, William Storm's book delivers a wide-ranging view of how characters have been conceived at pivotal moments in history. Storm reaffirms dramatic character as not only ancestrally prominent but as a continuing focus of interest. He looks closely at how stage figures compare to fictional characters in books, dramatic media, and other visual arts. Emphasis is sustained throughout on fundamental questions of how theatrical characterization relates to dramatic structure, style, and genre. Extensive attention is given to how characters think and to aspects of agency, selfhood, and consciousness. As the only book to offer a long view of theatrical characterization across this historical span, Storm's dramaturgical and theoretical investigation examines topics that remain vital and pertinent for practitioners, scholars, students of theatre and literature, and general audiences.

    • Examines the fashioning of characters over a wide range of historical periods including ancient, neoclassical, Restoration, Renaissance, and modernist
    • Explores the mimetic means by which theatre can successfully deliver an authentic impression of personhood
    • Gives extensive attention to how characters think and to aspects of agency, selfhood, cognition, and consciousness
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    'Storm moves from ancient Athens to contemporary London and North America, paying close attention to big conceptual sea changes from Renaissance to Neoclassical and from Modernist to Postmoderist … There is a great deal of research on display here, presented in erudite but generally accessible prose.' Sally Barnden, The Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316509067
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The art of Dionysus
    2. Character, form, and genre
    3. Character by the rules: neoclassicism and beyond
    4. Scientific character: the how and why of naturalism – and after
    5. How characters think
    6. Anti-character
    7. Dramatic character today.

  • Author

    William Storm, New Mexico State University
    William Storm is a Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at New Mexico State University, where he teaches dramatic literature, theory, and theatre history. He is the author of After Dionysus: A Theory of the Tragic (1998) and Irony and the Modern Theatre (Cambridge, 2011) as well as plays and essays in literary criticism and dramatic theory. He was literary manager of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and was production dramaturg for many plays in workshop development and full production.

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