The 39 Steps of Self-Division

A Structural Approach To the Depiction of Internal Conflict In Six Famous Dramatic Works

by Sam Zebba



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/3/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 88
ISBN : 9780595318308
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 88
ISBN : 9780595766406

About the Book

The 39 Steps of Self-Division is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the theater and in literary criticism. Original and innovative, The 39 Steps of Self-Division presents a detailed structure of the Self-Division process, which depicts a protagonist torn within his soul between two opposing courses of action.

Author Sam Zebba brings years of teaching and analytical exploration to the formation of his 39-step 'flow chart' guiding a play's advance. In clear and easy to understand language, and with the use of instantly comprehensible tables, Zebba demonstrates the structure's undeniable function, and exposes the startling step-by-step uniformity in the following six famous, unrelated Self-Division plays.

  • Sophocles' Oedipus
  • Shakespeare's Hamlet and Othello
  • Brecht's Galileo
  • Pirandello's Henry IV
  • Bates' & Lean's Summer Madness

The 39 Steps of Self-Division is a useful, inventive, and insightful aid to a better understanding of structure in some of dramatic literature's most highly regarded masterpieces.

About the Author

Sam Zebba earned his B.A. and M.A. in Theater Arts at UCLA, and his Ph.D. at Tel-Aviv University, where he also lectured. A prize-winning documentary filmmaker, he has written for many publications, including The Hollywood Quarterly, The University Film Association Journal, The Jewish Quarterly, and India Perspectives. Founder and past President of the Israel Writers? Guild, he also served as Vice-President of the International Writers? Guild. A dedicated photographer and seasoned yachtsman, he lives in Tel-Aviv.