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Styan, J. L.

Overview
Works: 72 works in 672 publications in 7 languages and 14,617 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: PN1861, 809.2
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Most widely held works about J. L Styan
 
Most widely held works by J. L Styan
The dark comedy : the development of modern comic tragedy by J. L Styan( Book )

57 editions published between 1962 and 2005 in English and held by 1,782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Much of twentieth-century drama defies the traditional pigeon-holes of tragedy and comedy: the heroes are not straightforwardly heroic; the subject-matter seems at some times grimly realistic and at others nearer to pure fantasy. Professor Styan explains and illuminates the nature of this dark, paradoxical comedy. He reminds us, first, that this is not a purely modern phenomenon: many great plays of the past have similarly defied classification and have called for an equally vacillating response from their audience. But nonetheless this dramatic genre has had its clearest expression in the last sixty years: we are shown in detail how its techniques have developed from Ibsen and Chekhov to Pirandello, Brecht and contemporary playwrights such as Ionesco, Beckett, Tennessee Williams and Pinter. The author brings us to realize that the playwright, by creating complex tensions in the action of the play between the actor and the audience and within the individual spectator, is able to explore new areas of human feeling and response. In this second edition of The Dark Comedy Professor Styan has brought the book up to date in relation to recent plays and theatrical developments. He has modified some earlier judgements and added detailed analyses of scenes from Brecht's Mother Courage and from Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Anyone who takes an intelligent interest in theatre-going will find profit and stimulus in this book. It covers a wide range of subject-matter; but its underlying theme is clear, forceful and unified
The elements of drama by J. L Styan( Book )

85 editions published between 1960 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shakespeare's stagecraft by J. L Styan( Book )

46 editions published between 1967 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to the study of Shakespeare's dramatic craftsmanship
Modern drama in theory and practice by J. L Styan( Book )

128 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 1,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jarry - Garcia Lorca - Satre - Camus - Beckett - Ritual theatre and Jean Genet - Fringe theatre in Britain__
The dramatic experience by J. L Styan( Book )

63 editions published between 1965 and 1988 in English and Swedish and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Useful for a study of Shakespeare's theatre
Chekhov in performance; a commentary on the major plays by J. L Styan( Book )

29 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in English and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For a full understanding of any text, careful consideration must be given to its life in performance. In this rewarding study of four of Chekhov's major plays - Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters - J. L. Styan demonstrates the development of Chekhov's skills as a dramatist and discusses stage action, portrayal of character, differing twentieth-century productions and the audience reactions they evoked
Drama, stage, and audience by J. L Styan( Book )

23 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in English and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book shows how a play 'works' in the theatre: how it generates life, meaning and excitement on the stage for the audience. It is self evident that a play must communicate or it is not a play at all. Professor Styan argues that, while communication in drama begins with the script, the value or power of a play must be tested upon an audience. In the theatre experience, it is not so much the elements of drama on the stage or the perceptions of the audience which are important, as the relationships between them. It follows that the study of drama is the study of how the stage compels its audience to be involved in its actual processes; it is a study of a particular social situation. Professor Styan discusses in detail the particular social situation, conditions of performance and physical playhouse in which a play thrives. There is a wealth of examples from all periods of Western drama. He especially deals with plays which make no pretence to 'realism', and much of the discussion turns upon the power and success of Shakespeare as a playwright. This book will appeal to students, actors and directors of drama, as well as the theatregoers. Professor Styan's insistence on criticism based on the theatrical experience will make this an important book for other drama critics
The English stage : a history of drama and performance by J. L Styan( Book )

18 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English Stage: A History of Drama and Performance tells the story of the drama through its many changes in style and convention from medieval times to the present day. With a wide sweep of coverage, John Styan analyses the key features of staging, including early street theatre and public performance, the evolution of the playhouse and the private space and the pairing of theory and stagecraft in the works of modern dramatists. He focuses on the conventions by which a playwright, his actors and their audience create the phenomenon of theatre and the way such conventions have changed over time. Styan is among a small number of influential scholars who have developed performance criticism and theatre history from their origins in literary studies into an independent and respected field. From the vantage point of a lifetime's study he examines and illustrates the multitude of factors which have brought and continue to bring plays to life
The Shakespeare revolution : criticism and performance in the twentieth century by J. L Styan( Book )

29 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in English and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Restoration comedy in performance by J. L Styan( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over het Engelse toneel in de periode van het herstel van het koningshuis (1660-1714)
Max Reinhardt by J. L Styan( Book )

14 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All's well that ends well by J. L Styan( Book )

13 editions published between 1983 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drama : a guide to the study of plays by J. L Styan( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book introduces the elements of drama and the principles behind the reading and study of plays - classical and modern. It makes a special point of seeing drama as intended for acting and performance, and it therefore emphasizes the role of the spectator at a play and the sort of theatre for which drama was written. The performance approach to the study of plays finally clarifies the different kinds of drama (comedy, tragedy, melodrama, and farce) and identifies its forms (realism, stylization, and symbolism). The book draws on specific examples of drama, is rich in helpful charts and diagrams, and contains a comprehensive glossary. Drama will be a useful guide for students and general playgoers alike."--Jacket
Perspectives on Shakespeare in performance by J. L Styan( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern drama in theory and practice by J. L Styan( Book )

43 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume begins with the naturalistic revolt in France against traditional styles of theatre. As realism becomes a European movement the account moves from Paris to the Meiningen company and Ibsen's work as producer and play-wright in Oslo, Chekhov's in Moscow, Shaw's in London, Synge's in Dublin
The challenge of the theatre; an introduction to drama by J. L Styan( Book )

3 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The state of drama study by J. L Styan( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Y ddrama gyfoes: damcaniaethau ac arferion by J. L Styan( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in Welsh and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Y ddrama gyfoes : damcaniaethau ac arferion by J. L Styan( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in Welsh and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern drama in theory and practice volume 1. Vol. 1 : realism and practice by J. L Styan( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The elements of drama
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The elements of dramaShakespeare's stagecraftModern drama in theory and practiceThe dramatic experienceChekhov in performance; a commentary on the major playsThe English stage : a history of drama and performanceThe Shakespeare revolution : criticism and performance in the twentieth centuryRestoration comedy in performance
Alternative Names
Styan, Dž. L.

Styan, J. L.

Styan, J. L. 1923-

Styan, John

Styan, John 1923-

Styan, John 1923-2002

Styan, John L.

Styan, John Louis

Styan, John Louis 1923-

Styan, John Louis 1923-2002

ج. ل. ستيان، 1923-

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