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Characteristics of Sophocles' plays:
emphasis on individual characters
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I'll explain it in THR413....
It is amazing how very few good plays exist -- you can finish them all in two semesters, if you are willing to read one play a day.
THR213 Dramlit, The Bedford DRAMA (2002): Aeschylus - Agamemnon? Sophocles -- Oedipus Rex (would love to cover Euripides - Medea). Fall 2002: Aristophanes "Lysistrata"! Next -- Marlowe (Doctor Faustus?)
What is Protogonist?
How do you understand the functions of Chorus?
Fate concept. Explain it.
Name three Greek playwrights...
That was the test. If you can't answer the questions, you should take the class!
Spring 2002: Dangerous Liaisons & Realism & Method eGroup
HamletWeb 2002 script.vtheatre.net listing
Fall 2002 THR215 Dramatic Literature: Bedford Compact Intro to Drama
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What is classics? You tell me! Shakespeare and Chekhov? Mustang 67? Fifties rock-n-roll? Never-mind, the Greeks.Everything "before me" is the classics. I hope the future will put me in this category too.
From Aristotle to 20th century
I would refer you to Spengler ("Sunset of the West"), who believed that every era consists of two different stages -- culture and civilization. Like the Greeks and Romans in antiquity. The Greeks, of course, is the Classics, the Culture.
Sophocles and Shakespeare: What is Tragedy?
There will be a special page on genres one day. Or pages. Then I can "examine" the evolution of tragedy over 25 recorded centuries. You know that there is no less tragedy in the world today, but tragedy and comedy are not about the nature of events -- it's an issue of perception!
[ compare with the Epic Theory ]
TopicsDramatic and Epic (The Poetics)
PS. For the readers/students of Hamlet -- not in the textbook (read online).Writing Suggestions:
215 People -- read "Oedipus"! Also, read "Antigone" -- if you want "A" (Commentaries on Sophocles pp.92-110 is a must. Also, Greek Drama p.31)
Attempt to chart the structure of Oedipus Rex, including rising action, conflict, climax, and falling action.
Locate the precise moment when Oedipus moves from a psychological state of denial to open recognition of the truth. Now describe the stage picture at this moment, including all characters on stage. How might you place or "block" the actors playing each role for maximum effect?
Discuss the motivations of the Chorus of Theban Elders as a voice of the polis.
Discuss the theme of blindness in Oedipus Rex. Describe the use of intellectual, physical, and metaphoric blindness throughout the play.
What will become "classical"?
History and Historicity (interpretation of history, according to each paticular period).
New and continuation: Structure & Texture. The beginning and evolution. Shakespeare is in the middle, between us and antiquity (good to keep the perspective).
Link to UK site, related to our studies
You are the dramaturg for a new production of Oedipus Rex. Using the Perseus Project at Tufts University (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/), find historical information. Focus your investigation on images of Oedipus.
General information on ancient Greek theater can be found at http://www.dscc.cc.tn.us/weeks/5th_century_greece_resources_page_11.htm. Using the photos and links here, write a brief essay on an element of Greek theater (production or text) that would assist your understanding of Oedipus Rex. @1998-2001 script * Fall 2002 THR215 Dramatic Literature: subscribe to DramLit Forum * Perseus Project ***
A Treasury of the Theatre Vol. 1
Book by John Gassner; Simon and Schuster, 1951 [ quotes ]
** Oedipus online *
2005-2006 Theatre UAF Season: Four Farces + One Funeral & Godot'06
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