Thursday, September 09, 2004

Dramatic History or Historical Drama?

Dramatic History or Historical Drama? This is a thought provoking article which argues that historians should more active in shaping plays that deal with history.

From the site:

This article is meant to illustrate the difficulty that historians face in attracting students to their discipline and then holding their attention. Yet it is one of the ironies of this era that historical topics remain quite popular in a variety of genre from motion pictures to the theater. What I propose in this article is that historians with dramatic skills should find ways to write plays about historical subjects rather than leaving such tasks to dramatists who mainly use historical figures to attract attention to their plays. The final portion of the article describes the difficulties that historians have in using such an approach and the ways to overcome those difficulties.

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