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The Greek word dramaturgía denotes both the composition of a dramatic text and theatrical performance practice. As a scholarly discipline of drama and its design on the stage, dramaturgy considers compositional principles and intentions of effect, and therefore concerns itself not only with drama theory, but also with possibilities of practical mise en scène. More specifically, since the 19th century, dramaturgy has also denoted the practical sphere of responsibilities of the dramaturg.

Even in the 19th century, the Poetics of Aristotle (335 BCE) was still a central …

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Waldow, Stephanie, “Dramaturgy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018429>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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