Available in English for the first time, Modern Armenian
Drama presents seven classic works from the Armenian stage.
Spanning over a century (1871--1992), the plays explore such
diverse themes science and religion, socioeconomic injustice,
women's emancipation, and political reform through the medium of
all the major European dramatic genres.
Nishan Parlakian and S. Peter Cowe provide a comprehensive
introduction to the history of Armenian drama, giving a valuable
overview of its importance and development in Armenia, as well as a
brief biography for each playwright. A preface to each play helps
in placing the work within the context of historical and cultural
issues of the time.
Like the plays of Ibsen and O'Neill, the plays presented in this
anthology are considered modern classics. They have an enduring
quality and appeal to audiences who see them today. The editors
have collected translations of the best examples of Armenian
theater from its renaissance in the mid-nineteenth century to the
Subjects: Language & Literature, Performing Arts
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