September 12 & 15 notes

September 12 & 15 notes - September12&15,2008...

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Perspectives in Western Drama Exams o Multiple choice fifty questions o Combo m.c. , fill in blank m.c. , and  t/f ?s o Topic outline and voc list on blackboard when getting close to exam o Little time for exam review and have somesample questions Lysistrata o Women is first protagonists in a comedy o Women are compeling men to do something Empowerment of the women carrying out their plan Shows women were valuable to foundations of the polis* o Not feminists work some b/c Women didn’t seek permanent equality – willin gto return to  subservient positions they had before war Women were stil looked at as sex obj throughout play (using body  to map out territories) o Normative comedy – reinscribes values tha tare already in place o Arhaic – challenges assumptions
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o Lys play – fights for conservative values and it is ultimately a NORMATIVE work and they just want to return to the status quo Shakespeares o Kind of breaks through mid-evil time period o Middle age theatre as about reinforcing scriptural narratives from bible and reteach us Or moral stories about virtues that could send us to heaven Middevil theatre - Oriented towards heaven and hell Renaisance – 1450 – “rebirth” o Rediscovering classical knowledge o Sciences, arts, gov’t, ideas are being reinvestigated o It is in full flower when Shakespeare is borh in 1564* o Queen eliz born ? Shakespeare grows up under her era Middle age held us back and now renaissance is tryin to test our abilities as humans and how we can grow and evolve – midevil was about scripture lessons If world is for mankind, mankind needs to do something with the world Greek actors were almost depersonalized Characters in renaissance were more specific and individualized Some ppl credit Shakespeare with development of psychology Allusion were thought called by Shakespeare as “rough magic” Role of drama and theatre in Athenian society
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o Goal of purification o Unite citizens and reinforce moral and ethical foundation of society o Artistically pleasing but really served a strong social function 1595 (roughly) o Birth of showbiz o Theatre is strictly commercial and artistic practice (not sponsored by gov’t  anymore) o Ppl trying to make living and career with their art o Theatres had to be built on the outskirts of cities unlike Greek theatre  where they built it right in the heart of Athens o More commercialized age makes theatre seem more as a pastime and  happy way to spend afternoon rather than an educational purpose o They felt when ppl join in big groups should be outside city so that is one  reason theatre is outside – protection o Puritans thought theatre gives us allusion to material life and our focus 
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