ENGL 230 - Lecture 2

ENGL 230 - Lecture 2 - ENGL 230 Lecture 2 Dramatic...

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ENGL 230 Lecture 2 Dramatic Literature Approach o Studying the play without a cultural or social approach o What makes drama, drama as a genre Drama is a space of difference o Aristotle defines drama in counter point with lyric and epic voices Lyric voice is the expression of the state of a soul - a state of being It's an 'I' voice - an individualized voice Expression of the state of a private soul An Epic is beowulf A narration of a collective human endeavor It's recounted in the 'We' voice - collective Events are retold - the disposition of the telling Epics often have a narrator which is distanced and unimplicated by the action - unaffected Narrator is unchanged by the events Dramatic is 'they' Drama will set up a 3rd person relationship between the stage and the audience or reader Imitation of an action - represent the action On stage and in the audience we experience these representations as real and present because they are unfolding before us in real time - leads to a central tension of drama in theatre and form Understand the characters as 'They' They are distinctive - not 'I' and not 'We' We witness these events unfolding in real time which gives us a sense that we are implicated and affected by what we see on stage Trifles is a conflict between a dramatic perspective and an epic perspective
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