Class 6 - Critical Theory

Class 6 - Critical Theory - Critical Theory An...

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Critical Theory An introduction to Criticism for people who see and read plays
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Mediators in Drama Critical Theory is a mediator. Helps the audience, production team, or reader to better understand a play or see a play through a different lens of meaning
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Critical Theory CRITICAL THEORY = A set of assumptions, beliefs, or values that shape one’s response in determining the meaning or value of a work of art. Theory is a place to start when analyzing a piece of art, looking for… INTRINSIC MEANING = INTENTIONAL EXTRINSIC MEANING = UNINTENTIONAL Helps answer the questions. . “What MIGHT it mean?” “Why MIGHT it be good?”
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Liberal Humanism Art is good and good for you. The job of criticism is to interpret the text Good literature is timeless and universal The text is all you need; no need for context Individuality transcends culture, society, class, etc. Times change, personalities do not. Subtlety is highly valued
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Liberal Humanism asks… What is good about this play? What is universal about this play? What did the author mean? It’s concerned with INTRINSIC MEANING only
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Example: The Wizard Of Oz - Liberal Humanism Timeless story Universal message: There’s no place like home Virtue triumphs Children’s story - not very subtle so would not rate serious study QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
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Freudian/Psychoanalytic Criticism Tries to take psycho-analytic structure and apply to characters and situations in art.
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course THEA 200 taught by Professor Theaterappreciate/understanding during the Fall '11 term at South Carolina.

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