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Drama 115 Notes Perspectives in Drama Friday August 24, 2007 - On looking at plays o Culture o Biography o Dramaturgy How they treat different aspects of the play o Conventions: Dramatic Theatrical o Literary Elements o Theatrical Elements o Theatre Spaces o Audiences - Qualities of Theatrical Experience o “Dran” o Active o Immediate o Present (presence) o Collaborative o Communal o Ephemeral o Cumulative o Duality and Pretense o Conflict and Ambiguity Wednesday August 29, 2007 Vocabulary - Zeus – the greek’s great god. Had many affairs and disguised himself to mortal women. - Apollo – one of Zeus’ children. (Zeus and a divine woman) - Dionysus – one of Zeus’ children. (Zeus and a mortal woman) - Amphitheatre - Catharsis - City Dionysia - Dithyramb - Epic poetry - Mimesis - Dithyramb- hymn sung by 50 men to get divine attention - 8 th Century o Homeric Myths/ Epic Poetry
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o Dionysian Festivals/religious choruses o Institution of the polis o Origins of Greek democracy o First Olympic games o City Dionysia in Athens - 6 th Century o Thespis First actor because he stepped out of the Chorus Line - 5 th Century o Drama emerges as art form in Athens - Greek Literary Conventions o Plots based in myth o Use of chorus o No onstage violence - Greek Performance Conventions o All male actors o Masks o Alternating song and verse o 3 actors in Sophocles - Plato The Republic (375 BC) - Aristotle Poetics (335 BC) Monday September 24, 2007 Tartuffe - 1669 Style: Neo-Classicism (1635 – 1785) Moliere: 1622-1673 (stage name and director) - English Blank Verse o Unrhymed o Flexible rhythm o Varations of meaning o Unobtrusive - French Alexandrine o Rhymed o Formal pattern o Strict couples o Artificial - Vocabulary o Licensed theatres Had to have a license to for plays and theatres. Concerned about censorship o Shareholding companies o Blank verse o French Alexandrine
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o Academic Francaise Founded by Richelieu French academy that regulates plays o Richelieu One of the most influential person in the church o Louis XIV o Jean Baptiste Poquelin o Commedia dell’arte o Neoclassicism - Art Affirming o Rationality o Conformity o Morality/temperance o Existing order o Absolutism - Neo-Classicism o Verisimilitude/unities o Bienseance o Morality o Purity of genre o 5 act structure First Day After Exam 1 Monday October 1, 2007 The World of Melodrama - from French melo-drame, - “Music Drama” - Nothing Mellow about it - Popular, Escapist, Sentimental - Clear-cut morality - Whole characters o No internal conflict; strictly external - External Conflict - Focus on Plot - Emotional appeal o Gravitate towards characters - “the quick and the dead” o How does it show melodrama? Very cut and dry exterior conflict
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