Aspects of Modern Drama

Aspects of Modern Drama

Read FREE!

Aspects of Modern Drama

Aspects of Modern Drama

Read FREE!

Excerpt

The chapters contained in this volume are based upon lectures delivered at Columbia University and the University of Cincinnati at various times from the spring of 1911 to the winter of 1914. Since, in the first instance, they were designed to be fairly popular in appeal, they make no pretence, as here reproduced, to be more than suggestive and informal discussions of an important topic. In no other department of literature have recent developments been so significant as in the drama. If many of our plays be without literary merit, and if most be inferior to the major productions in this kind of ancient Greece, seventeenth-century Spain, or Elizabethan England, the best, nevertheless, powerfully render the thought and feeling of a time when old forms of art are changing and the life of man is being reflected from new angles.

In dealing with this subject, it has seemed wise to consider certain themes, artistic kinds, and ideas, rather than to offer estimates of the work of individuals, man by man. Thus, the plays of Maeterlinck, Rostand, Hauptmann, Sudermann, Wilde, Pinero, Echegaray, or d'Annunzio are not here described together; but particular plays, composed by these and other writers, are grouped as exemplifying conceptions and modes of expression characteristic of the stage to-day.

Specifically, the attempt has been made, through the works of those of different race, to illustrate the dramatic treatment of such characters as the wayward woman and the priestly hero, of such motifs as the tyranny of love, the influence of heredity and environment, and the ideal of honor; of such situations as are commonly involved in plays presenting scenes from married life; of such a plot as 'the eternal triangle' of husband, wife, and a third; of such social problems as those of sex, divorce, racial antagonisms, and the . . .

Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.