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Theatre for a Scientific Age 11/1/10 Melodrama to modern drama: Styles= imitation/immersion/identification Well-made play (scribe) Modernism Naturalism (Ibsen) Anti-naturalism Expressionism/supernaturalism (Strindberg) Comedy of manners (wilde) Epic or dialectical theatre (Brecht) Epic or Dialectic Theatre - minimize illusionism - maximize theatricality (unlike Ibsen he is returning to techniques pre-dated) agreement with Ibsens role, but Ibsens techniques are self-defeating, persuasive illusion on stage and immerses us into virtual reality and we accept things for the way they are; Brecht wants a demonstration of events that help us understand the mechanisms and the world around us What’s new? Orientation Aristotle: Imitation/mimesis- spine or backbone of the play, goal of art is for us to identify with the characters so that we understand their conflicts and can accept the fictional world as something we can invest in and feel Identification/ empathy Catharsis Brecht: Narrative/reporting Analysis/judgment
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  • Spring '08
  • Staff
  • Drama, Bertolt Brecht, Catharsis Brecht, empathy Catharsis Brecht, scarcity Epic Dramaturgy, imitation/immersion/identification Well-made play, Scientific Age Melodrama

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