Lecture 23

Lecture 23 - • Core American beliefs/myths o...

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Lecture 23 Hansberry + Ibsen o Realist dramaturgy o Naturalist production o Miller’s “Tragedy and the Common Man” Middle class life is worth our attention, and can reach the same level of tragedy that classical drama assigned to royalty Arthur Miller defines 20 th century tragedy “Tragedy is the consequence of a man’s total compulsion to evaluate himself justly” Hnasberry vs. Ibsen o Method influence: more character exploration o Contemporary Anti-hero Walter Lee o Racism obstacle and American themes Hansberry + Brecht o Social and political focus o Art as force in social change Hansberry vs. Brecht o Realist Dramaturgy o Naturalist production o Miller’s “Tragedy and the Common Man” o Method influence: more character exploration o Racism obstacle and American themes Hansberry + Beckett o Nothing Hasnberry vs. Beckett o
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Unformatted text preview: • Core American beliefs/myths o Self-determination – a country where we can choose our own way, to pursue happiness, inalienable rights o Individualism – keep changing who you are o Self-invention: identity – reclaim ourselves, enact change in our lives despite our circumstances • Poem says we can give up, or we can fight, Hansberry advocates a possibility a personal renewal through social action • Lorraine Hansberry’s Dramaturgy o Domestic realism o Redefines the center of politics, race, gender o Explores structures of race, class, gender in America o Personal and political worlds fused o Characters recreate themselves through moral choices o Focus: personal renewal through social action o Play isn’t neatly concluded – no final confirmed end •...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course DRAMA 115 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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