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Notes from August 31, 2016
Perspectives in International Drama: Theatre of the Oppressed
Dr. Frank Miller
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Consuela Horton on Tuesday September 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Pers 2001 at Georgia State University taught by Dr. Frank Miller in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 9 views. For similar materials see Perspectives in International Drama: Theatre of the Oppressed in Perspectives in the Creative Arts at Georgia State University.

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Date Created: 09/20/16
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Theatre of the Oppressed: Trifles Theatre of the Oppressed • Playwrights write with indirection - It’s better than coming right out and saying it • The women of Trifles rebel by concealing the evidence - They laugh at the men talking about them and how trivial they are. • The play is a playwright’s expression of oppression - It generates empathy - “We lived close together, we lived far apart. We all go through the same thing, it’s just a different same thing.” • Discourse - Thoughts and belief system of any group - Inversion takes the discourse of the oppressors and uses it against them. - Shows the foolishness of a patriarchal society The play suggests the men can’t judge her because they don’t know her life. Susan B. Glaspell (1882-1948) • Graduated college by 18 • In 1900 she was a journalist - She was assigned to the murder case of a farmer, John Hossack - The wife slept on the outside in this case, and the man was killed by two blows to the head. - The wife was convicted at first but appealed and got off. - The husband was emotionally and physically abusive. • After the case, she quit and became a playwright • In 1913 she married a professor who studied the classics and moved to New York. 1 Wednesday, August 31, 2016 • Together, they joined the Liberal Club and spent summers in Massachusetts. • In 1915, the Liberal Club founded the Provincetown Players. - Theatre was all entertainment - First bill of plays were done on a back porch It did so well, they bought an old fisher’s shack and worked there. - Second bill of plays is when she wrote Trifles - By 1920 the Provincetown Players became commercial - Eugene O’Neill became their star playwright. - She left with her husband. • She continued to write plays - Alison’s House (1930) Won Pulitzer for Drama Inspired by Emily Dickinson • She spent her whole life writing fiction then died. She was forgotten until women rediscovered her. • Most popular work is Trifles (A Jury of Her Peers) 2


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