American Melodrama and Blackface Minstrelsy[1]

American Melodrama and Blackface Minstrelsy[1] - Oct 3 2007...

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American Melodrama and Blackface Minstrelsy Melodrama - Europe & US in 1800s - Moral lessons * Virtuous heroes vs. evil villains ( polarity between characters) * Poetic Justice ( bad guy gets it in the end) * Appeal to sentiment ( pull on clichés to appeal to feelings) * Appeal to group identity (people come together because they feel the same things about play) - Local characters and color - Fast-paced episodic plot (rushed through, question good v. evil throughout, aided by spectacle) - SPECTACLE!!! (Equestrians! Water Effects!) *very large stage spaces - Music (combine music with drama, music is primary in hurtling you along [other than spectacle]) Two types of American Melodrama : - Heroic melodrama (1830s) *Bose the fireman * Mostly male working class audience * Violence and action * Noble hero v. corrupt society - Moral Reform Melodrama (1840s) * Slavery, alcohol, prostitution * Consequences of vices * Celebrating domesticity Technology and Melodrama - Gas lighting (1820s) * More upstage light * Fire! * Lightning!
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course TD 301 taught by Professor Dvoskin during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas.

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