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Theatre Appreciation - Lecture Notes on Realism

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Theatre Appreciation - Lecture Notes on Realism TH 122

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These notes cover the "Realism" lecture in class - included are names of set designers.
Theatre Appreciation
Karen Baker
Class Notes
theatre, TheatreAppreciation, Realism
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by alybeverley on Friday October 14, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to TH 122 at University of Alabama - Huntsville taught by Karen Baker in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see Theatre Appreciation in Theatre at University of Alabama - Huntsville.


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Date Created: 10/14/16
Theatre Appreciation   On Realism The Rise of Realism (1850-1900) 1. Invention of the telephone (1870s by Bell/Gray) 2. Invention of the phonograph ­ reproduction of the human voice, music, and  sounds (1977 by Edison) 3. Camera ­ reproduction of the human form and its details (1871 by Richard Leach  Maddox, made the process more accessible/faster) 4. Moving pictures, “Actualities” (1885 by Eastman, the Kodak camera) Auguste Comte (1798­1857) ● French philosopher ● Theory of positivism (1851­54) ● “Everything can be known” ● The purpose of all knowledge was the betterment of society and all sciences  must contribute to sociology Sigmund Freud (1856­1939) ● Father of psychoanalysis  ● The Interpretation of Dreams (1900) ● The Ego, the superego, and the id ● Emphasis on the unconscious and dreams are the key to understanding  suppressed desires ● Emphasis on the internal, unconscious psychological causality ● Truth becomes extremely complex to the point where it is unknowable ● Spoken (text) and unspoken (text) equally important Henrik Ibsen (1828­1906) ● The Doll House (1879) ● Ghosts (1881) ● An Enemy of the People (1882) ● The Wild Duck (1884) ● Hedda Gabler (1891) Tenets of Realism ● Presents the world as it really is ● Full of facts ● Everyday situations  ● Familiar locations ● Regional dialects ● Emphasis on the “individual” ­ circles back to the psychology of the character ● Plot driven ● Create believable characters ● Allows audience to “get inside the characters’ head”


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