The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0632 Monday, 4 March 2002
From: Martin Steward <
Date: Saturday, 2 Mar 2002 10:22:23 -0000
Subject: The Laws of Theatre
"What are the laws of the theatre? Has anyone codified them? " asks Bill
Godshalk. Many since Aristotle have described what they might look like
codified; but I'm not sure that they have been codified as such.
Aristotle - Poetics
Horace - The Epistle to the Pisos ["If the actors words are not in
keeping with his fortune, the Roman gentry will laugh jeeringly, and the
Sidney - An Apologie for Poetrie
Shakespeare - Hamlet, Prince of Denmark [only kidding]
Ben Jonson - Discoveries [q.v. Horace (!!!)]
John Dryden - An Essay of Dramatic Poesy
I guess from here on my knowledge gets sketchier as the textbooks get
more numerous. But that gives an indication of the "codification" that
has gone on.
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