Drama Final Review

Drama Final Review - Classical Drama Lysistrata...

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Classical Drama Lysistrata Aristophanes o Dramaturgy: Greek Comedy Formal context/semi-formal structure Everyday characters Political focus Wide comic spectrum Utopian closure The Bacchae Euripides Dramaturgy: Greek Tragedy Renaissance Drama Hamlet William Shakespeare o Dramaturgy: Renaissance Drama Language: blank verse (as well as prose) Not inhibited like poetry Rapid, continuous action Parallels and contrasts Soliloquy and asides Metatheatre Themes o Revenge o Justice o Destiny o Truth o Perception nature of human perception, how we see things o Identity Tartuffe Moliere o Dramaturgy: Neoclassical
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Neoclassical Unities Stock (type) characters Formal stylized verse Stealth comedy: subversive humor Modernism Melodrama Miss Julie o August Strindberg o Dramaturgy: Expressionism Distorted for subjective truth Compressed, fragmented, telegraphic Types, abstractions Dreamlike, nightmarish Emotional states immerse and alienate Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen o Dramaturgy: Naturalism Realism of character and theme We have to be more self-reflective Prose as dramatic language Elimination of soliloquies and asides Close attention to motivation and subtext Symbolism in a concrete context No conventional closure or easy resolution o The Importance of Being Earnest o Oscar Wilde o Dramaturgy: Comedy Of Manners The Good Women of Setzuan o Bertolt Brecht o Dramaturgy: Epic/Dialectical Theatre (Anti-Naturalism) Only what’s necessary to present events Dialects: contradictions & inconsistencies Stylized language: anti-realist speech V-effects: prologues, poems, songs Demystification: mutually alienating elements Focus: theatre as a force in social change o Epic Models o Sporting event, street accident, smoker’s theatre
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o Goal: Disrupt the illusion Challenge dominance of realism Inspire change Waiting for Godot o Samuel Beckett o Dramaturgy: Absurdism
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