Chap6 - Chapter 6 From Romanticism to Realism Attitudes...

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Chapter 6: From Romanticism to Realism Attitudes toward Neoclassicism began changing toward the end of the 18 th century Writers of the Sturm and Drang (Storm and Stress) school in Germany began writing serious plays that experimented both with bold subjects and dramatic form. Neoclassical ideals reversed almost completely by early 19 th century, resulting in the development of Romanticism
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Romanticism Romanticism: Truth is to be found in the Infinite Variety of Creation The Romantics valued Variety over Unity Neoclassicism: Truth is to be found in Norms
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Melodrama Conventions: Melodrama = “music drama” Action accompanied by musical score that enhanced emotional tone Simple, powerful stories Set pattern of action: Good are rewarded and Evil are punished Characters were stereotypes (Good, Evil)
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Melodrama Conventions: Popular entertainment during 19 th century Created variety through use of: Exotic locales Special effects Latest inventions Dramatizations of popular novels and notorious crimes Horses for “equestrian melodramas” Water tanks for “aquatic melodramas”
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Take a look at this collection of posters from Melodramas and other theatrical productions of this period. Melodrama Conventions: With advent of electricity (1880s) , electric motors were used with treadmills to stage horse or chariot races Panoramas were rigged on spools and moved in time with the treadmills; panoramas = long cloths on which continuous scenes were painted Efforts to make action as realistic as possible by using machinery and special effects
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Adapted from Dumas’s novel Plot: many incidents, but simple pattern Goodness is victimized Evil is triumphant for a time Evil is exposed and punished
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course THE 1000 taught by Professor Chu during the Spring '10 term at Santa Fe College.

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Chap6 - Chapter 6 From Romanticism to Realism Attitudes...

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