Comparative Drama

Journal for comparative and interdisciplinary study of drama.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, Spring

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet): From Shakespearean Tragedy to Postmodern Satyr Play
Northrop Frye followed in the footsteps of Aristotle and the author of the Tractatus Coislinianus in his attempt to define and describe the main aspects of the literary genres in the monumental Anatomy of Criticism. For centuries Aristotle's theory...
Joel Schechter, Ed. Popular Theatre: A Sourcebook
New York: Routledge, 2003. Pp. xv + 279 + black-and-white illustrations. $85.00 casebound; $28.95 paperbound. Following an introduction by the editor ("Back to the Popular Source," [pp. 3-11]), this six-part volume contains these articles: Brooks...
Mocking Dead Bones: Historical Memory and the Theater of the Dead in Richard III
Nicholas Brooke's 1965 landmark essay, "Reflecting Gems and Dead Bones," still largely determines the critical understanding of the relationship between history and tragedy in Richard III: "It is ... supremely ambivalent: a simultaneous perception...
The Trope of Transformation in Medea: A Noh Cycle
Since the rise of feminism in the United States in the 1960s, cultural and materialist feminist theater playwrights have actively searched for new literary and theatrical forms that transcend the patriarchal strictures of realism. (1) As Jill Dolan...
"Together Again": Theater in Postcolonial Hong Kong
As the midnight handover approached on 30 June 1997, the fashionable Central district on Hong Kong Island was abuzz with merriment and apprehension. (1) A traditional meeting place for the young and trendy, the bars and bistros of Lan Kwai Fong heard...
Tom Stoppard and "Postmodern Science": Normalizing Radical Epistemologies in Hapgood and Arcadia
In two of his more recent plays, Tom Stoppard takes contemporary science as his subject matter. In Hapgood (1988), he draws an analogy between the theory of quantum mechanics and international espionage, while in Arcadia (1993) he uses chaos theory...
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