The series presents accessible readings of major works of contemporary literature in English for schools and universities by specialists in the respective fields. All those seeking an introduction to or further inspiration on specific texts and their authors as well as those in need of a comprehensive, substantial survey of writings in English should profit from this book. The choice of some dozens of texts for each of the genres - in the present case drama - is based on the teaching experience of the book's editors and contributors, but also reflects their individual preferences. The comprehensively structured articles begin with a short introduction to the author's biography, the text's generic traditions and historical contexts, followed by discussions of its innovative quality and its intertextual aspects. A plot synopsis and an analysis of a key scene are also included, leading to an interpretation that focuses on the text's main issues. Articles conclude with suggestions on teaching activities and a list of up-to-date secondary sources.
The current volume in two parts provides new material for the study of drama and offers readings of 31 plays, underscoring the richness of the contemporary scene of drama in English around the globe. The editors and the contributors hope to transmit some of the enthusiasm drama has always inspired in them.