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Aristotle's Elements of Drama
Classical Modern
 
Plot Plot
Character Character
Thought Theme
Diction Language
Music Acting
Spectacle Stagecraft
 
qualities of drama/ theatre/ performance
· public/private experience
· ritual/ceremony
· impersonation/role-playing
· performance/art
cultural context for Medea
Context 1: A MORE SECULAR ATHENS
Context 2: PELOPONNESIAN WAR (431 BC)
cultural context for Lysistrata
AKROPOLIS
PARTHENON
Peloponnesian War
Thucydides – to come!
cultural context for Midsummers Night Dream
world:

rennaisance
humanism
puritans
audience

stage:
elizabethan playhouse
the globe
licensed theatres
shareholding companies
greek dramturgy (Medea)
EXPOSITION
STICOMYTHIA- single alternating lines between characters
REVERSAL
RECOGNITION
DEUS EX MACHINA
Aristophanes’ Dramaturgy
FORMAL CONTEXT / SEMI-FORMAL STRUCTURE
EVERYDAY CHARACTERS
POLITICAL FOCUS
WIDE COMIC SPECTRUM
UTOPIAN CLOSURE
Shakespeare's Dramaturgy
Language: Blank verse (& Prose)
Multiple Plots
Parallels and Contrasts/ Mirrors and Foils
Soliloquy and asides
Metatheatre
Calderon’s Dramaturgy
Allegory
 
Metatheatre & THEATRICALITY in Characters / Themes / Settings & Action
cultural context of Life is a Dream
Spanish Golden Age:1580-1680 (prolific period--30,000 plays
literary conventions of greek/ english renaissance
MYTH
CHORUS
SCENES & CHORAL PASSAGES
NO VIOLENCE
literary conventions of spanish renaissance
Theatrical / Performance
Dramatic / Literary
performance conventions of greek/ english renaissance
MALE ACTORS
MASKS
VERSE & SONG/DANCE
3 ACTORS + Chorus
outdoor, daytime performances
male actors
neutral platform stage
limited spectacle
no “fourth wall” illusion
performance conventions of spanish renaissance
Licensed Theatres
Shareholding Companies
Theatre Architecture: Carros vs. Corrales
no break with catholic church
women on stage
issues in tragedy
· Occasion
· Space
· Chorus
· Roles
· Politics
· Scale
tragic structure
prologue
episode
ode
climax
pathos
oxodus
greek comedy
Shared with Greek Tragedy are the Occasion, Space, Mimetic Values, Performance Conventions, and Audiences. Distinguishing Comedy are different proportions and emphases in the plots and characters that facilitate a humorous response. But Greek Comedy’s aren’t just happy escapism.
3 keys to comedy
OBJECTIVITY
SURPRISE
EXPOSURE/DEFLATION
mimesis
imitation
Greek MIMESIS
Ritual, Formal, Poetic, Non-Illusionistic
How tragedy means
perspective AND CONTEXT FOR EVENTS
Moral framework
Release, cleansing, healing
aspects of shakespeares comedies
· Begin in trouble and end in peace.
• Young love triumphs over obstacles.
• Romance ends in marriage or promise of marriage.
• Revolve around contrasting “worlds,” often youth and age, country vs. city/court, (and here reason and imagination, thought and passion, sleeping and waking, sight and blindness, etc.)

Affirm renewal in characters and society.