Class 7 - Playwriting

Class 7 - Playwriting - THEA 200 Playwrights and...

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THEA 200 Playwrights and Playwriting
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Announcements Tickets on sale for The Violet Hour on September 19th. See Blackboard for link to Box Office Hours Midterm will be on September 23rd. I will post review questions this weekend.
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Gameplan Review Critical Theory Your analysis of The Simpsons “Girly Edition” Playwriting Why write plays ? Playwriting tools The new play development process
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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. Critical theory is a way to try on a different point of view and by doing so get a deeper understanding of the text. We looked at: Liberal Humanism Freudian/Psychoanalytic Criticism Marxist Criticism Feminist Criticism
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What is good about this play? What is universal about this play? What did the author mean? It’s concerned with INTRINSIC MEANING only Liberal Humanism asks…
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Liberal Humanism QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Lisa becomes an anchor for a new news program for kids, with help from Bart, Nelson and Milhouse. Bart's on camera presence gets him upgraded to co-anchor. Universal/timeless themes Competition between siblings, but the family bond triumphs in the end As it is not very subtle would not merit study - a cartoon comedy meant to amuse/entertain The meaning is clear - the story IS the meaning as the episode’s author has not imbedded anymore subtle, nuanced symbols:
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Freudian/Psychoanalytic Criticism Asks: What motivates the characters? What motivations are hidden to them? How can we decipher these hidden motivations? Terms Id Supergo Ego Conscious/Unconscious Oedipal Complex
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Homer = Id QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Homer impulsively buys a helper monkey. His base desires won’t take “no” for an answer.
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Marge = Superego or Ego QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Since Homer seems unable to control his reptilian brain, Marge takes on the task of controlling his behavior.
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Lisa’s subconscious desire to kill Bart is responsible for her sending him to the junkyard. When her conscious mind becomes aware that Bart will die, her superego sends feelings of guilt that make her go and save him. QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. “Lisa wants Bart dead”
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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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