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The Role of the Dramaturg in England and Its Developing Aspect

  • Journal of Modern English Drama
  • Abbr : JMBARD
  • 2013, 26(2), pp.97-119
  • Publisher : 한국현대영미드라마학회
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature > Contemporary English Drama

DOHYUN RIM 1

1서울시립대학교

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ABSTRACT

This essay is a kind of introduction to the role of the dramaturg in a British context. Compared with Europe continental countries including Germany, England had a hard time in implanting and developing the system of the dramaturg because of the specific circumstances of the theater of England. This essay first explores the circumstances of the English theater in relation to the dramaturg and in turn proves the dramaturg’s role which has been developing in England. In the first place, this essay explains the inflow of the foreign term ‘dramaturg’ into England, where ‘literary manager’ is used as an English term equivalent to the term, ‘dramaturg.’ It can account for the reason why the confusion between the terms ‘dramaturg’ and ‘literary manager’ often occurs in England. The next focus is upon the history of the English theater in order to argues that there was a continual need of the dramaturg in the theater of England. As an example of the argument, the ‘Blue Book’ of Baker and Archer is taken because it clearly states the demand of the role of the dramaturg. In the next place, the practice of the dramaturg in England after 1960s is described. Kenneth Tynan is introduced as the first official dramaturg in England. Finally, this essay points out that the need of new plays with the grand of state subsidies had a positive influence upon the development of the dramaturg. In conclusion, this essay claims that the role of the dramaturg in England assums developing aspects even though there are still unsolved problems to form a condition where the system of the dramaturg can desirably be executed.

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