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Monologues (Drama)

  • Extended speeches uttered by one speaker, either alone or to others.
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    • found: Quinn, E. A dictionary of literary and thematic terms, c1999(monologue. A long speech by one speaker. If the speaker is alone such a speech is called a soliloquy. If the speaker addresses someone absent or an abstract idea, it is an apostrophe. If the speech is addressed to someone present, it is a dramatic monologue. An interior monologue represents a character's fleeting thoughts and impressions, or inner speech.)
    • found: Baldick, C. The Oxford dictionary of literary terms, 2008(monologue. An extended speech uttered by one speaker, either to others or as if alone. Significant varieties include the dramatic monologue (a kind of poem in which the speaker is imagined to be addressing a silent audience), and the soliloquy (in which the speaker is supposed to be 'overheard' while alone). Some modern plays in which only one character speaks, are known either as monodramas or as monologues. In prose fiction, the interior monologue is a representation of a character's unspoken thoughts, sometimes rendered in the style known as stream of consciousness.)
    • found: Cuddon, J.A. A dictionary of literary terms and literary theory, 1998(monologue. A term used in a number of senses, with the basic meaning of a single person speaking alone--with or without an audience. Most prayers, much lyric verse and all laments are monologues, but, apart from these, four main kinds can be distinguished: (a) monodrama; (b) soliloquy; (c) solo addresses to an audience in a play; (d) dramatic monologue--a poem in which there is one imaginary speaker addressing an imaginary audience)
    • found: Majeski, B. 50 great monologs for student actors, c1987.
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    • Extended speeches uttered by one speaker, either alone or to others.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2016-06-02: revised
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