Manfred Pfister's book is the first to provide a coherent and comprehensive framework for the analysis of plays in all their dramatic and theatrical dimensions The materical on which his analysis is based covers all genres and periods of drama from Greek tragedy and comedy to the contemporary theatre with the plays of Shakespeare providing a special focus His approach is not historical but systematic combiningabstract categorisations with detailed and concrete interpretations of specific sample texts An extensive international bibliography of relevant theatre and drama studies further enhances the practical value of the bookManfred Pfister's book is the first to provide a coherent and comprehensive framework for the analysis of plays in all their dramatic and theatrical dimensions The materical on which his analysis is based covers all genres and periods of drama from Greek tragedy and comedy to the contemporary theatre with the plays of Shakespeare providing a special focus His approach is not historical but systematic combiningabstract categorisations with detailed and concrete interpretations of specific sample texts An extensive international bibliography of relevant theatre and drama studies further enhances the practical value of the bookManfred Pfister's book is the first to provide a coherent and comprehensive framework for the analysis of plays in all their dramatic and theatrical dimensions The materical on which his analysis is based covers all genres and periods of drama from Greek tragedy and comedy to the contemporary theatre with the plays of Shakespeare providing a special focus His approach is not historical but systematic combiningabstract categorisations with detailed and concrete interpretations of specific sample texts An extensive international bibliography of relevant theatre and drama studies further enhances the practical value of the book