DRM100 (Up to Test 01)

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
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Alan Ackerman
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DRM100 - Introduction
Mon. 12th Sept 2011
Theater happens in a material present (materializes in/from the mind)
o Theater, def. "the school of the moral world", epistemology of self-knowledge
To be or not to be - internal/external ideas
1. is based on Conflict
2. is the literary form of Theater
3. inflames our passions
4. in GRK: teaches people
5. in ATHS: civil obligation
Question my assumptions
Understand my questions and what they are
1. What is an action? To act?
2. How do I trust my senses? Do I trust my senses?
3. What is the ghost (in Hamlet)?
4. What does it mean to see or think?
5. Where does consciousness happen?
6. Who am I?
7. What's wrong with the theater? Lyrical vs. theatrical
8. Does using particular words matter? Have an effect?
Plot > Character
o Plot: imitation of an action
Poetics (by A)
Drama is imitating an action
o Mimesis: imitation (is innate, we learn from it), has educational value
Rhetoric & Ethics
Action is the Object, Language is the Medium
Creating a structure that makes sense
*** Mastering our passions < inflame our passions ***
Actors have been called lions, selling pleasure to others
Merits/demerits of getting people together

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DRM100 - Selections from Aristotle/Oedipus Rex
Wed. 14th Sept 2011
asks theater basic questions
is in Real Time
is doing
POINT: to intensify our condition (Nietzsche)
choice determines action
the audience is united (through tragedy)
entertains, is a release from life
to instruct & entertain
Student of Plato
Interests (main): Poetry & Rhetorics
Doesn't separate thinking from feeling
Action is the object of imitation
What is that pleasure of entertainment?
o Catharsis
o Cathartic experiences at the theater
Treats drama like a zoologist, classifies plays (drama has to have a certain magnitude)
o EG. too small --> less beautiful
Poetics is a model of *selective* thinking
* The highest and most satisfying form of all human existence is that of man who
__________ rational faculties [?]
How is art a kind of thinking?
Enjoyed stories that start at the END (eg. Oedipus), selection of detail, cause/effect,
complete (w/ beginning, middle & end), few characters (that developed)
Core of thinking: What is complete?
Good reasoning > backdrop
Forms are intrinsic [?]
Universalizing impulse: good painter should present ppl as better than who they are
(what they are now < what they can become)
Art completes the deficiencies of nature
History (as they were) vs Poetry (as they might be)
What is the truth? To see vs to know the truth (beyond the material world)
Making --> Thinking

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Controlled/conscious thought, the relationships b/w form and content (beginning, middle,
end tragedy vs. epic poetry, etc)
Spectacle apart of the manner, BUT least important [?]
o Simple copying --> imitation
o Ch.15: good portrait painters make him more handsome
Rather than an illusion, art is gives us deeper truth
An action and an object
An anatomy of poetry/drama, a technical guide
focuses on key terms (ie. plot, character, thought)
Performs action of thinking, a variety of stories makes up poetics
descriptive work or prescriptive work?
A craft of poetry, an outline of means/manner of imitation
How do we make limits? How we experience?
*Theater/plays --> constituted by entrances & exits
Basic questions shape our experiences
Critics & Scholars of rennaissance: Poetics is the centre of artisism and drama (we have
to know it to be critics ourselves)
Aristotle reflected deelply on what we're reading (ie. Oedipus)
o Providing us w a vocab/grammar
o reveals a near-contemporary view, historical context (ie. origins)
Aristotle helps initiate discussion of thinking
o his method is based on defining terms
o we must engage in self-conscious thought
1. Forms of Imitation are distinguished as to means/objects/manners of imitation
(tragedy, comedy, etc)
2. 3 forms are marked off. Aristotle deals w tragedy (def. 6 parts, 4 plot, character,
language, thought - poets art)
3. Discusses 4 parts: focuses on plot (ch7-14), language (ch19-42), structure of
action, soul of tragedy
4. Epic poetry (ch23-24)
More creating vs. copying
produces emotional and cathartic effects
life as a process
"Tragedy is a process of imitating an action"
possesses magnitude
enacted by persons themselves, not narrative
pity & fear completing purification of tragic acts, emotional
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