Wednesday, January 9, 2013
(ENGL103) INTRO TO DRAMA
RECAP ON MONDAY’S LECTURE:
First assignment: Two weeks from today, a short mini essay. Topic is TBA.
All about drama
What is drama? Drama is …
Actors do not necessarily mean characters
Various genres: Comic, melodramatic, serious, etc.
i) Sub-genres: television drama, medical drama, misanthrope (somebody who
dislikes people) A convenient way to lump things together.
i) Famous, notorious Greek tragedies
ii) Tragedy translated means “goat song”
iii) Very little known origins
CONTEXT VS SETTING
Context refers to when/where something takes place
- Historical location, cultural
e.g. Context of ancient Greek drama is the ancient world (Athens)
Setting refers to a physical place, where a story takes place
More on the ancient Greek world…
A group of city states that shared an “ethos” = lifestyle, cultural and political
- Sharing food/diet, culture (art), and religion
- Especially literary art, drama*
- Told stories by singing songs, these s