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Lecture 8 - Lecture 8 Approaching plays Context o...

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Lecture 8 - Approaching plays Context o Historical Time period o Social What is the role of theatre in that culture o Aesthetic What else is happening in the arts o Biography Playwrights individual life Convention o Dramatic/Literary Use of verse o Theatrical/Performace Male actors playing female roles Spaces & faces o Theatre architecture Affects performance – Greek amphitheatre o Audiences Who are the audiences that go to plays Why do they go? What do want to receive In Greece plays were part of your education, civic obligation Dramaturgy o Playwrights style: Aristotle’s six Rough Magic William Shakespeare (1564-1616) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595) Context o Renaissance (“rebirth”) of the arts Moving beyond the dominance of religion and rediscovering something about classical civilization Idea that life is only temporary – a focus on eternity before, a shift towards
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