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Smith, James L., author

First published in 1973, this book explores the genre of melodrama. After discussing the defining characteristics of melodrama, the book examines the dramatic structures of the two major and contrasting emotions presented in melodrama: triumph and defeat. It concludes with a reflection on the ways in which elements of melodrama have appeared in protest theatre

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Published London: Routledge, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: James L. Smith
ISBN: 1351630547, 9781138283817, 9781351630542
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Note: Originally published: London: Methuen, 1973.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (102 pages).
Series: Routledge library editions. The critical idiom ; 27
Subject: Literary studies: general; Literary studies: plays & playwrights; Melodrama History and criticism.; Literature: history & criticism; Literature.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Routledge library editions. The critical idiom ; 27.


  1. General Editor’s Preface
  2. 1. The Nature of Melodrama 2. Triumph 3. Defeat 4. Protest
  3. Bibliography and Acknowledgements
  4. Index of Proper Names
  5. Index of Titles