Inter-Actions: Relationships of Religion and Drama

Inter-Actions: Relationships of Religion and Drama

By: Nelvin Vos (author)Paperback

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This book is an exploration of the linguistic, structural, historical, and thematic relationships of religion and drama. It is not an attempt to sacralize drama so that it becomes a substitute for religion, nor will it reduce religion to its aesthetic dimension. What does religion tell us about drama, and what does drama tell us about religion? What have been their inter-actions in our tradition? The conversation between religion and culture, drama and Christianity, needs to be ongoing. This book is a contribution to the dialogue, asking questions, pointing towards possible answers, and encouraging others to join in the conversation.

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Nelvin Vos, emeritus professor of English at Muhlenberg College, is the author of of the Drama of Comedy and The Great Pendulum of Becoming: Images in Modern Drama. He has served as executive director of the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture since 1999.


Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction-Places of Seeing: Religion and Theater Part 4 Part One: Drama and Religion: Their Languages Part 5 Chapter 1-Drama: Where the Action Is Part 6 Chapter 2-Biblical Revelation: The Mighty Acts of God Part 7 Part Two: Drama and Religion: Their Structures Part 8 Chapter 3- Ritual: The Act Re-Done Part 9 Chapter 4-The Play's the Thing in Drama and Religion Part 10 Chapter 5-Worship: The Drama Re-Enacted Part 11 Part Three: Drama and Religion: Their History Part 12 Chapter 6-Dionysus: Lord of the Greek Theater Part 13 Chapter 7-Religion and Drama in Opposition: Two Instances Part 14 Chapter 8-The Medieval Stage: The Inherent Drama in the Mass Part 15 Chapter 9-From Liturgy to the Plays of Mystery, Miracle and Morality Part 16 Chapter 10-Shakespeare: All the World's a Stage Part 17 Chapter 11- Modern Drama: If the Stage is All the World There Is Part 18 Chapter 12-Contemporary Drama: Glimpses of the Transcendent Part 19 Chapter 13-Contemporary Theater: T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party Part 20 Chapter 14-Contemporary Theater: Samuel Beckett, Endgame Part 21 Chapter 15-Contemporary Theater: Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Part 22 Chapter 16-Contemporary Theater: Peter Shaffer, Equus Part 23 Chapter 17-Contemporary Theater: David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross Part 24 Chapter 18-Contemporary Theater: Tony Kushner Angels in America Part 25 Chapter 19-Contemporary Theater: Mary Zimmerman, Metamorphoses Part 26 Coda-Life is a Drama!

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/05/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780761844693
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 204
  • ID: 9780761844693
  • weight: 304
  • ISBN10: 0761844694

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