Lecture 2

Lecture 2 - Lecture 2 30/08/2010 13:03:00 Homework: 174,...

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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 2 30/08/2010 13:03:00 Homework: 174, the first 20 pages the bacchae Elements of Drama: Aristotles Six Aristotle: Poetics (335 BC) Hierarchy of Importance: Classical Modern Plot Plot Character Character Thought Theme Diction Language Music Rhythm/Acting Spectacle Stagecraft o 8 th century: Homeric myths/epic poetry (the Odyssey) Dionysian festivals/religious choruses o Dionysis is the God of wine/inspiration/sexual ecstasy o Festivals done by a group of 50 men Institution of the polis o City state o Drama represents the role of the individual in this new city-state Origins of Greek Democracy First Olympic Games City Dionysia in Athens o Yearly festival held in spring o Huge party 6 th Century: Thespis 5 th Century: drama emerges as a art form in Athens Lecture 3 30/08/2010 13:03:00 City Dionysia Social/Civic/Political EventGreek Dramas Context Epic Poetry Secular Oral Narrative TraditionArtistic Precedent Dithyrambs Sacred Choral TraditionReligious Practice Combines: Politics/Art/Religion Athens uses art not to escape from life, but to engage with it more fully The Bacchae Link: Dionysus (where the play was performed as well) Form: Tragedy Goal: Catharsis Plato, Republic (375 BC) Was against people going to dramas to escape Aristotle, Poetics (335 BC) Held an opposing view Catharsis borrowed term from medicine and used it to describe a pressure release by being lifted up into a poetic expression of emotion o Waiting to Exhale Issues in Greek Tragedy Occasion what it was written for Space much different than current conditions o Orchestra (dancing place) where main acting took place o Skene (tent) building behind orchestra Limited where the audience could see Backdrop o Theatron (seeing plays) where audience would watch from Roles Chorus Politics Scale heightened reality Greek Mimesis = Ritual, Formal, Poetic, Non-Illusionist Greek Performance Conventions Male actors Masks Verse & song/dance 3 actors + chorus Lecture 4 30/08/2010 13:03:00 Waiting to Exhale/Bacchae Setting: Phoenix vs. Ancient Thebes Character: Bernardine vs. Dionysus Language: Prose vs. Poetry Style: Modern Naturalism vs. Greek Tragedy Waiting to Exhale/Diary of a Mad Black Woman Character: Bernardine vs. Dionysus vs. Madea Comedies and Dramas can relate the same scene in different lights Kables Krucial Keys to Komedy Objectivity o Anything that happens to us is severe, but if it happens to others its...
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Lecture 2 - Lecture 2 30/08/2010 13:03:00 Homework: 174,...

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