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Books and E-books at Ryerson
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Oxford Reference, previously known as Oxford Reference Online Premium, comprises more than 120 dictionaries and reference titles covering a comprehensive subject spectrum including: General Reference, Language, Science and Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Professional content.
American Film Scripts Online
American Film Scripts Online contains 1,009 scripts by 1,062 writers together with detailed, fielded information on the scenes, characters and people related to the scripts. In addition, the database includes facsimile images for more than 500 of these screenplays.
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A Brief Sampling from Ryerson's Collection
Shaw Festival by
Call Number: Reserve (2nd Floor) PN2306.N53 S53 2008
Publication Date: 2008-03-22
The Shaw Festival -- the only theatre in the world specialising in the works of Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. Located in the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, it is the second largest classical repertory theatre in North America, producing works written both in and about the period of George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) -- plays that speak to the beginning of the modern world and beyond. This comprehensive record of each production charts the growth of the company from its inaugural season of two plays presented over four weekends in the summer of 1962, to its seven-month, ten-play season in 2007. The Record illustrates the breadth and scope of the company's work from the plays of Shaw and his contemporaries, to undiscovered gems, American classics, and musicals. For the first time it also catalogues plays from the newly expanded mandate which now includes contemporary plays written about the period of Shaw's life-time. A must have for fans and scholars alike.
The Shaw Festival by
Call Number: Reserve (2nd Floor) PN2306.N5C652011
Publication Date: 2011-10-09
On a warm, humid night in June of 1962, four amateur actors sat on stools in the Court House of Niagara-on-the-Lake for their first performance of Don Juan in Hell from George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman. It was a modest first performance.Few would have predicted that this humble beginning, called simply "Salute to Shaw," would develop over the next fifty years to become one of the world's leading repertory companies. Today's Shaw Festival runs for seven months in four theatres, with some 800 performances attracting over a quarter ofa million patrons from all parts of Canada, the United States, and many other countries around the world. 2011 marks the Festival's fiftieth anniversary.Drawing on the Shaw Festival archives housed at the University of Guelph, this beautifully illustrated book recounts the remarkable story of the genesis, founding, and development of one of Canada's great cultural success stories.
Adaptation in Contemporary Culture by
Call Number: Reserve (2nd Floor) PN171.A33 A33 2009
Publication Date: 2009-11-30
Adaptation in Contemporary Culture: Textual Infidelities seeks to reconfigure the ways in which adaptation is conceptualised by considering adaptation within an extended range of generic, critical and theoretical contexts. This collection explores literary, film, television and other visual texts both as ?origins' and ?adaptations' and offers new insights into the construction of genres, canons and ?classics'. Chapters investigate both ?classic' and contemporary texts by British and American authors, from Jane Austen, Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Dickens to Bret Easton Ellis, P.D James and Sarah Waters. A diverse range of literary, film and television genres is examined, from romance to science fiction, the Western to the ?women's picture' and the heritage film to postmodern pastiche. With a thematic focus on key critical paradigms for adaptation studies - fidelity, intertextuality, historicity and authorship - this collection expands the field of adaptation studies beyond its conventional focus on ?page to screen' adaptations to include film remakes, video games, biopics, fan fiction and celebrity culture.