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October 1 (realism)

October 1 (realism) - October 1 2008 Realism In our times...

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October 1, 2008 Realism “In our times every literary work has the mission of extending boundary lines.” – Ibsen o Writer of “A Doll’s House” Move from romantic escapism to hard reality in new form of playwriting Why Realism emerges when it does? 1880-20 th century New for being like life itself Vocabulary o MIMESIS “imitation” Try to imitate life as it is o Verisimilitude “life-likeness” Realistic playwrights are going to try to give us a sense of what were watching on stage as reality rather than a constructed experience Realism can be looked at as an approach to give us something realistic in nature o Illusionism and Theatricality Mirror of real life on stage Old ones didn’t make much of attempt to hide
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Realism tries to make everything seem so authentic and credible on stage o Modernism Marks point in art history and literature where there is a increased awareness that contemporary world was beyond what came before it All past values seem outdated Search for new ways to explor and understand present No longer statisfied with imitating Shakespeare Burst alive back then but is now dead and gone Contemporary life is genuine and important Restless to capture truths of now and present o Realism early school of modernism written in everyday prose rather than poetry used to feel heightened speech was needed but Ibsen and counterparts reject this would rather imitate actual world around them conventional – dominant form we are familiar with within today’s cinema o Changes in Society leading to Realism Middle class audience
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Industrial revolution gives ppl more leisure time and more money to spend – crave outlet of their own Want to get out of everyday life they lead Want to see stories related to themselves and their own world and class and own conflicts Realistic playwrights become voice for this population Try to create immediate bond between characters and audience o Audience can get involved and immersed in play and sympathize with them Late 19 th cent turn of 20 th Want to see stories abou tthemselves Rise of Capitalism and Materialism Concern with material welfare and having money o New plays focus more with these aspects and relate these aspects within play Examine genuine problems the middle class endures so it
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