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Basic Critical Concepts

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Basic Critical Concepts Pers 2001

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Notes Dr. Miller did the second day of class.
Perspectives in International Drama: Theatre of the Oppressed
Dr. Frank Miller
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Date Created: 08/25/16
August 24, 2016 Basic Critical Concepts Aristotle • Viewed theatre as entertainment • Viewed theatre’s purpose as to arouse emotions - It does this by showing people in action We see them making choices These choices are made based on ethical natures (right v wrong) Idealist Poetics • - Name for people who thought the same way - Character-Subject;Focuses on the character as a subject Characters behave independently Audiences connect to characters Emotions are shown Catharsis; purges emotions through action • Always has a resolution • Realism - The play seeks to imitate life - Political critics argued it wears down the audiences ability to act. We accept it as it can’t be changed. Bertholt Brecht (1889-1965) German playwright, actor and theorist • - Notorious for stealing work from others • Epic theatre - Reaction against dramatic theatre 1 August 24, 2016 - Purpose was to spur people into action - Confronts the way social conditions make people behave. • Marxist Poetics - Character-Object - Object which is acted upon - Actions are determined by social, political and economic parameters • Not Realistic - Always being pulled out of the story to make the audience think. - Alienation effects Devices that remind you you’re watching a play Makes us view the world as things that need to be changed No Resolution • - You must change the world and resolve it yourself. Questions to ask yourself and things to keep in mind while reading a play • When you read a play, is it idealist poetics are marxists poetics? - Most times it’s both • How does drama oppress people? - Stereotypes - Marginalization • Pop culture aims at the dominate culture • The purpose of art - It should move the consumer in some way. - It should express the artist in some way. 2


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