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Intro -- Dramatic Literature: Themes

Periods: Antiquity, Classic, Modern, Postmodern

2005 Fall -- THR215 Dramatic Literature :

Part 1. Oedipus

Part 2. Hamlet

Part 3. Chekhov (Cherry Orchard) and High Modernism

Part 4. Postmodern: Becket

Part 5. Writing

Main script.vtheatre.net & 2005 THR215 * Antiquity I * Modern Times II * High Modern (Realism) III * Postmodern (Absurdism) IV * V *
Bedford Textbook INTRO to DRAMA (Fifth Edition 2005) 0312414412
The four main periods are for the simplicity sake: the Greeks, Shakespeare, Realism and the second part of the 20th century.

Why only the four?

The birth of the Western drama, the climax and the end of it. Three act play?

What we have today is beyond the story of 25 centuries of dramatic literature...

I use Hamlet in all my classes; we have to start with something which has it all, the Aritotelian past and the seeds of the high modernity.

My favorite -- first half of the last century, the dying theatre.

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If Shakespeare I use as constant references, I like to start with Chekhov (any of the big four plays).

Fall 2004: Bedford (textbook) *

I use THEMES pages to keep the continuity through the chronology. "Self" and self-knowledge, for example, from Oedipus to Hamlet to modern characters.

[ ... this is page is overview and samples ]

"The Cherry Orchard" (1903): symbolism. List the images.

Chekhov's stage direction (elements of prose?) -- point it.

Arrival-departure themes (return to the place in time?) Beckett The Dramatic Imagination: Reflections and Speculations on the Art of Theatre

The Dramatic Imagination is one of the few enduring works written about set design.
Robert Edmond Jones's innovations in set design and lighting brought new ideas to the stage, but it is greater understanding of design - its role at the heart of theater - that has continued to inspire theater students. The volume includes "A New Kind of Drama," "To a Young Stage Designer" and six other of Jones's "reflections."
Shakespeare -- PLAYS directory Plays (Penguin Classics) by Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov wrote that "narrative is my legal wife and drama a flamboyant, rowdy, impudent, exhausting mistress." At a time when the Russian stage was dominated by farces, formulaic melodramas, and vaudevilles, Chekhov created plays that focused on characters grappling with moral questions. His works baffled his audiences, but his sensitive explorations of love, loss, and time as well as his portrayal of complex characters and ambiguities, revolutionized the theater with an exhilarating new form of drama.


"Everything (time, history) changes, except for us, people." Russian people?

[ If indeed I want to go "themes/topics" I should arrange ALL titles around ONE MAIN subject: Oedipus-Jocasta, Hamlet-Ophelia (Cladius-Gerthrude), Mother Courage -- war (man), etc. Julie - Jean (John!) and include Pygmalion?


Act I. Dunyasha with a candle, Lopakhin with a book. Explain.

Electra and Other Plays (Classics S.) by Sophocles

Next: 215.I
 [dramlit] The Great American Hero 

So I've been thinking a lot about the discussion we had on Tuesday 
about "Death of a Salesman" particularly how we struggled to label 
Willy a tragic hero when compared to the other tragic heroes we have 
read (Hamlet, Oedipus).  I think we are foolish to try to compare 
them.  That is, I think, the point Miller is trying to make: in 
America we don't have heroes like Hamlet and Oedipus; we have heroes 
like Willy Loman, tragic men who fall (and fall hard) while pursuing 
their dreams--our dreams, the very same dreams each and everyone of 
us strives for.

If Oedipus shows us the harsh reality of the Greek religion (the 
unwavering and unstoppable power of the Gods) then Death of a 
Salesman shows us the harsch reality of the American Religion (the so-
called American dream, practically unreachable by the vast majority 
of Americans).

I don't think I being very clear, so I'm going to sit down before I 
hurt myself...

I guess I'm just not convinced that Willy isn't a tragic Hero.  IT 
seems that the basic argument I get is that Willy can't be a hero 
because he made mistakes.  But don't all heroes make mistakes?  Isn't 
that what makes them tragic?

I don't know what do you guys think?
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