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ERIC Number: ED101356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 8
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Reference Count: 0
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The Play's the Thing: The Need for Some Critical Perspectives in Children's Drama.
Gay, Carol
In spite of the fact that there has been an interest in children's theatre since after World War I and practically everyone--from the Junior League to the educationist--recognizes the need for and the value of good drama, there is a dearth of good drama of literary worth for children. It is true that children have been exposed to drama of some kind--there is intense interest in creative drama (especially on the part of educationists), there are anthologies of children's plays which range from mediocre to poor in literary quality, and there is a widespread practice of adapting literary works for juvenile theatre audiences. However, good drama must become part of children's literature because (1) it belongs there as an accepted literary genre; (2) teachers should be able to deal with it critically and practically on all levels; and (3) an art form needs an active and viable body of criticism in order to grow in stature. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Forum on the Criticism of Children's Literature at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (St. Louis, Missouri, November 1974)