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The language of drama can range between great extremes: on the one hand, an
intensely theatrical and ritualistic manner; ... an almost exact reproduction of real
life of the kind commonly associated with motion picture and television drama.
Chinese drama avoided both the crudity of European melodrama and the
esotericism of Western coterie drama. ... The No drama, emerging from religious
ritual, maintained a special refinement appropriate to its origins and its
The classical texts of dramatic theory and criticism may be found in a collection
by b.h. clark, European Theories of the Drama, rev. ed. (1965), which also
contains an extensive bibliography. The Natya Shastra of bharata, the classic
source for ...
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