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Directions in Modern Theatre and Drama


reviewed by Joy Gould Boyum 1966

coverTitle: Directions in Modern Theatre and Drama
Author(s): John Gassner
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Distinct from works in other media, plays have two potential modes of being: They exist as literature and as theatrical production. It is in the latter form that the play most concerns John Gassner in his Directions in Modern Theatre and Drama, an "expanded edition" of his 1956 Form and Idea in Modern Theatre. The change of title then is curious since it would suggest either that Professor Gassner revised his material, this time dividing his attention between the play as literature and the play as production, or that the material added to the new edition is devoted to drama in contrast to the old material's concern with theatre. (I take "theatre'' here to refer to the produced play and "drama" to the play as literature.) But neither of these suggestions is borne out by the work itself. The original text remains unchanged and the new material—for the most part... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 67 Number 7, 1966, p. 537-537
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2352, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 4:42:23 PM

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