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Department
English
Course
ENGL 103W
Professor
Torsten Kehler
Semester
Winter

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 LECTURE #2 (ENGL103) INTRO TO DRAMA RECAP ON MONDAY’S LECTURE: Readings 1) Aeschylus 2) Oresteia First assignment: Two weeks from today, a short mini essay. Topic is TBA. COURSE CONTENT All about drama  What is drama? Drama is …  Actors do not necessarily mean characters  Depict action  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. Tragedy 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
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