Text & Presentation, 2011


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About the Book

Text & Presentation is an annual anthology of essays devoted to all aspects of theatre and performance scholarship. This new volume represents a selection of the best research presented at the 35th international, interdisciplinary Comparative Drama Conference in Los Angeles. The essays include innovative detective work on Aristophanes’s and Aeschylus’s plays and discussions of topics including Joe Orton’s plays as social protest against the power of psychiatry and the asylum, George Eliot’s controversial description of the burlesque spirit as “fodder for degraded appetites,” and psychological depictions of young women entering into sexual experience in Liz Lochhead’s Dracula, among others.

About the Author(s)

Kiki Gounaridou teaches theatre history and theory in the Department of Theatre at Smith College. She has published articles, books, and reviews on theatre. An award-winning theatre director, she lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Kiki Gounaridou
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 134
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6995-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9026-4
Imprint: McFarland
Series: The Comparative Drama Conference Series

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v

Preface      1

1. The Aristophanes-Chaeris Hypothesis: Did Aristophanes See an Adaptation of Aeschylus’s Persians During the Peloponnesian War?      5

(Stratos E. Constantinidis)

2. Saint Ambrose’s De officiis and the Image of Virtue in Shakespeare’s Richard II      16

(Mary Frances Williams)

3. The Ghost of Dante Alighieri in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet      34

(Rae Williams)

4. “A Bottle-Nosed Lear”: The Threat of Burlesque in Victorian England and Late Antiquity      41

(Carly E.L. Maris)

5. “Your Immediate Superior in Madness”: Orton’s What the Butler Saw and Foucault’s Madness and Civilization      50

(J. Andrew Gothard)

6. Dotty’s “Juney Old Moon”: The Romantic Imagination in Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers      65

(Miriam Chirico)

7. Liz Lochhead’s Dracula: Revision and Reception      83

(Verna A. Foster)

8. On Making the Classroom More Menacing: Pinter for Professors      93

(Doug Phillips)

9. Theatre Artists Writing About Practice: A Review Essay      100

(Ann M. Shanahan)

Review of Literature: Selected Books

Edith Hall. Greek Tragedy: Suffering Under the Sun      107

(Mary-Kay Gamel)

Anthony Ellis. Old Age, Masculinity, and Early Modern Drama: Comic Elders on the Italian and Shakespearean Stage      109

(Dennis Costa)

Alexander C.Y. Huang. Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange      112

(Gary Kao-chen Liao)

Kimberly Jannarone. Artaud and His Doubles      115

(Les Essif )

Michael Y. Bennett. Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd: Camus, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Pinter      117

(Julia Listengarten)

Rakesh H. Solomon. Albee in Performance      120

(Nicolas Pullin)

Laurence Senelick, ed. The American Stage: Writing on Theater from Washington Irving to Tony Kushner     

(Jason Shaffer)

Index      125

Book Reviews & Awards

“edited with care…preserves the conference experience by extending its scholarly dialogue to the wider reading community…many fine essays”—New England Theatre Journal.