21L.005 Introduction to Drama, Fall 2008
Introduction to Drama
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Drama might be described as a game played with something sacred. It tells stories that go right to the heart of what people believe about themselves. And it is enacted in the moment, which means it has an added layer of interpretive mystery and playfulness, or "theatricality." This course will explore theater and theatricality across periods and cultures, through intensive engagement with texts and with our own readings.
Drama, literary arts, storytelling, poetry, live performance, ritual, entertainment, communities, social norms, audiences, plays, dramatic structure, performing arts, writing, discussion, writer, speaker, cultures, tools, fiction, ethical, historical, political, artistic, questions, creativity, self-awareness, communicate, theater, outdoor public theatres, scaena frons, many theatre artists, violence onstage, neoclassical theatre, neoclassical rules, medieval theatre, environmental theatre, departures from realism, significant playwrights, first permanent theatre, theatre history, theatre architecture, selective realism, neoclassical ideals, autos sacramentales, formal theatre, tiring house, realistic theatre, scene design, staging practices, female playwrights, crisis drama, symbolist drama, dramatic rules, theatrical semiosis, theatrical competence, deictic orientation, proxemic relations, theatre semiotics, theatrical communication, dramatic information, dramatic discourse, theatrical sign, theatrical discourse, theatrical frame, dramatic world, dramatic text, perlocutionary effect, theatrical text, performance text