The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre

Author: John Russell Brown

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192854421

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 582

View: 3198

A survey of 4,500 years of international performance history covers the significant movements, writers, performers, and events from traditional and avant-garde theater

The Oxford Illustrated History of Shakespeare on Stage

Author: Jonathan Bate

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192802132

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 8852

This is the only modern stage-history of its kind, and a book for every Shakespeare-lover. It tells the story of the plays on the English stage - four hundred years of dramatic history, from the vital, competitive theatre of Shakespeare's own lifetime to the wealth of interpretations, classical to experimental, of the present day. It is a story of constant rediscovery, as the fashions, intuitions, and politics of each age reinterpreted the plays' meanings - and often even their plots. Actresses stepped into the female roles written originally for boy-actors; and the theatre evolved, from open-air Elizabethan stages like the Rose and Globe to the proscenium theatre, grand spectacle, and the whole panoply of modern lighting and staging equipment. Written by a team of experts, this book illuminates both the plays and the men and women who staged, adapted, and performed them: Burbage, who was Shakespeare's Richard III, Henry V, and Hamlet; Mary Betterton, in 1664 the first woman to play Lady Macbeth; Garrick, whose lifelong championing of Shakespeare is largely responsible for his elevation to the status of National Poet; and the famous actor-managers who produced the plays on an increasingly grand scale throughout the nineteenth century - Kemble, Kean, Macready, Irving. Generous space is given to the great figures of twentieth-century theatre - Donald Wolfit, Lilian Baylis, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, Ralph Richardson, Tyrone Guthrie, Peter Brook - and to the companies and actor - directors of today, from Cheek by Jowl and the Royal Shakespeare Company to Michael Bogdanov and Kenneth Branagh. A special chapter by Dame Judi Dench provides a unique actor's perspective; and the book comes right up to date with accounts of contemporary directors' theatre, including productions by Michael Bogdanov, Deborah Warner, and Sam Mendes. Over a hundred illustrations, and a large cast of actors, audiences, andreviewers, bring to life the key productions and developments described in each chapter, in a dramatic story which is at once history, tragedy, and comedy!

The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature

Author: Pat Rogers

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192854377

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 528

View: 3162

Traces the development of English literature from Anglo-Saxon poetry to the present day, covering such prominent authors as Shakespeare, Milton, Eliot, Spark, and Heaney.

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy

Author: J. R. Hill,Bryan Ranft

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198605270

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 8352

Britain is an island nation and throughout history its navy has been of great importance for its defence. As a consequence it has always had a special significance and has over the centuries entrenched itself in the national psyche, making itself manifest not only through the hero-worship of its principal characters such as Horatio Nelson and Sir Francis Drake but also finding expression through art, music, and literature. Like any great national institution, the navy is a complex webof interconnected histories - operational, strategic, political, economic, administrative, technological, and social. Now updated for its paperback edition, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Royal Navy, in a series of fourteen chapters, provides a thorough and engaging treatment of these histories, covering every aspect of naval history from the Anglo-Saxon period to the dawn of the new millennium. The book explores: Major action and campaigns - the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the Anglo-Dutch Wars, the Battle of Trafalgar, the Battle of Jutland, the Atlantic Campaign of 1939-45, the Falklands conflict, the Gulf War, and attacks on terrorist bases in Afghanistan in 2001. Developments in naval history and technology - navigational advances, surveying, constructional developments, disaster relief, the suppression of the slave trade, and the Strategic Defence Review of 1998. Key personalities - Drake and Nelson, Samuel Pepys, Francis Beaufort, Jackie Fisher, Lord Charles Beresford, Lord Jellicoe. Naval life - recruitment (press gangs, training, education, discipline), tactics, gunnery and armaments, amphibious operations, wages and conditions, victualling and supply. How and when did Britain's perception of the sea change from a thing of fear to a 'moat defence' (in the words of Shakespeare)? How did the navy's administrative systems develop during the Tudor period? During the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, its greatest period of expansion, how didthe navy develop strategically and operationally? How successfully did the navy defend the British Empire during the nineteenth century? What role did the navy play in Victorian Britain's thirst for exploring of the world? What technical developments have been important to the navy? What effect did two world wars have on the role of the Royal Navy? What does the modern navy look like now and what about the future? With a full chronology, which has been brought up to date to the end of 2001, an extensive list of further reading, 16 pages of colour plates, 23 maps, 6 special Action Station diagram 'box' features, and around 200 black-and-white integrated illustrations, this is an authoritative and highly readable account of a unique fighting service and its people.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Tudor and Stuart Britain

Author: John Morrill

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192893277

Category: History

Page: 487

View: 1188

Focuses on the political, social, cultural, and religious changes that occured in Great Britain during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War

New Edition

Author: Hew Strachan

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191640417

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 7125

The First World War, now a century ago, still shapes the world in which we live, and its legacy lives on, in poetry, in prose, in collective memory and political culture. By the time the war ended in 1918, millions lay dead. Three major empires lay shattered by defeat, those of Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottomans. A fourth, Russia, was in the throes of a revolution that helped define the rest of the twentieth century. The Oxford History of the First World War brings together in one volume many of the most distinguished historians of the conflict, in an account that matches the scale of the events. From its causes to its consequences, from the Western Front to the Eastern, from the strategy of the politicians to the tactics of the generals, they chart the course of the war and assess its profound political and human consequences. Chapters on economic mobilization, the impact on women, the role of propaganda, and the rise of socialism establish the wider context of the fighting at sea and in the air, and which ranged on land from the trenches of Flanders to the mountains of the Balkans and the deserts of the Middle East. First published for the 90th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, this highly illustrated revised edition contains significant new material to mark the 100th anniversary of the war's outbreak.

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades

Author: Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198204353

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 436

View: 2112

A comprehensive history of the crusades ranges from the eleventh century to modern times and includes commentary on the art and architecture associated with the crusades and insights into the history of the knightly orders

Theatre and Citizenship

The History of a Practice

Author: David Wiles

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521193273

Category: Drama

Page: 258

View: 7773

Shaped by political concerns of today, this is an informed but provocative take on theatre history and theatre's social function.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Medieval England

Author: Nigel Saul

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192893246

Category: History

Page: 308

View: 8231

An introduction to medieval England surveying the years from the departure of the Roman legions to the Battle of Bosworth covers England's social, cultural, political, and religious life during the Middle Ages.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Italy

Author: George Holmes

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192854445

Category: History

Page: 386

View: 2742

Traces the history of Italy from the Roman Empire to the present, and examines the connections between Italian society, politics, and culture.

The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre

Author: Ananda Lal

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195644463

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 563

View: 7041

This Encyclopedic Volume Is The First Of Its Kind In Any Language Covering All Of Indian Theatre. Lavishly Illustrated, With Some Rare Photographs From Archival Collections.

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World

Author: John Boardman

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192854360

Category: History

Page: 456

View: 8233

'the grateful reader wonders how on earth they could have done such a stylish job and still set the price so low.' -Country Life

The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

Author: Dennis Kennedy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199574197

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 689

View: 356

Ranging from ancient Greek tragedies to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe, The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance provides an all-embracing approach that encompasses drama and musical, opera and film, dance and radio, and non-dramatic performances including circuses, carnivals, and parades. Based on the celebrated two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, this compact, affordable Companion features more than 2,000 up-to-date entries, covering styles and movements, buildings, organizations, regions, and traditions--with a particularly strong focus on biographies of actors, playwrights, directors, designers, and critics. Editor Dennis Kennedy has significantly updated the timeline of historical and cultural events in the world of theatre and performance, and he has added an appendix of useful weblinks, which are supported and accessible through a companion website. Finally, the book includes many new entries that cover the people and companies who have come into prominence since the publication of the Encyclopedia.

Der Wind in den Weiden

oder Der Dachs lässt schön grüßen, möchte aber auf keinen Fall gestört werden

Author: Kenneth Grahame

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783423716178


Page: 251

View: 5833

The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern Europe

Author: T. C. W. Blanning

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192853486

Category: Europe

Page: 362

View: 1977

Written by eleven contributors of international standing, this book offers a readable and authoritative account of Europe's turbulent history from the French Revolution in the late eighteenth century to the present day. Each chapter portrays both change and continuity, revolutions and stability, and covers the political, economic, social, cultural, and military life of Europe. With over 200 colour and black-and-white illustrations, this book provides a better understanding of modern Europe, how it came to be what it is, and even where it may be going in the future. 'good illustrations intelligently fitted to the text an excellent book, which deserves to be held well above the coffee-table' TLS 'admirable book, magnificently illustrated it gives the reader plenty to reflect on as well as the answers to many specific questions about the past' Good Book Guide 'expertly succinct essays' New Statesman 'both stimulating and accessible' History Today 'a superb volume, complete with maps, and tells the story of a continent from the 18th century to the present day' Irish Times