TD 301 Feb1 - He wanted critical thinkers for his plays;...

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2-1-08 Expressionism Projected human emotions and attitudes into inanimate objects Truth is NOT in surface details and observable phenomena (unlike with Realism) Focus = spirituality instead of appearance Truth = subjective & incompatible with Realism’s “objectivity” Often everything shown from view of protagonist A german expressionist film, caligari Bertolto Brecht and Epic Theatre BERTOLT BRECHT (1898-1956) German playwright, poet, theatre director Born in Augsburg, Bavaria Left Germany during the rise of the Nazi party Eventually returned to Berlin, started Berliner Ensemble Worked as a medic during WW2 Some major goals of epic theatre To inspire critical, active (NOT passive) audiences who will work for social change To show that, in the theatre, pleasure and learning can go hand in hand
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Unformatted text preview: He wanted critical thinkers for his plays; wanted judgment epic theatres tries to: prevent spectators from identifying with characters b making them strange or alien reject man of Aristotles ideals, especially universality, fate, and catharsis; wanted people to go out after the show and do something about it in the world, not just i.e. crash on the couch refuse that anything is natural or inevitable emphasize historical and social context Epic Theatres Alienation effect In german: verfremdungseffekt Incorporated Marxist theory into drama. Ideas in interest in labor and in workers not separated from the context No suspension of disbelief! Expose hidden politics of realism...
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This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course TD 301 taught by Professor Dvoskin during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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