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Theories of the Theatre, 1984 Marvin Carlson

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Theories of the Theatre  A Historical and Critical Survey, from the Greeks to the Present,  1984 by Marvin Carlson is the first detailed and comprehensive survey of Western  dramatic theory. 

Fusing cultural, intellectual and political history as a background for his examination of theatrical and dramatic construction, Carlson determines the relations of theatre to society as well as to values and imitations in life to reveal the central issues that are found in the works of major theorists.

Limited to the Western world, this First Edition of an ambitious undertaking divides the subject historically with a logical emphasis upon the 20th century theorists. 

The  book is in excellent condition--no marks, no tears, clean text throughout. The dust jack suffers from a frayed edge at the top front.

The book measures 6 1/4 inches by 9 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches.   It has 528 pages.


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