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WGU-LCC1: Drama His

Drama and History

Moral A paraphrasable message or lesson implied or directly stated in literary work
Scene Division of the action in an act of play; represents a single dramatic action that builds to climax
Comedy Literary work aimed at pleasing an audience; produces a happy ending
Burlesque Broadly humorous parody or travesty of another play or kind of play;
Comedy of Manners Form of high comedy about love that relies on intellectual rather than physical comedy & is meant to appeal to a "cultivated" audience; setting is frequently aristocratic or high society
Commedia Comic drama developed by guilds of professional Italian actors in mid 16th century; masked players playing stock characters improvised dialogue around a given scenario
Farce Form of low comedy that relies upon exaggerated character, physical action & unpredictable or improbable plot situations; aims at entertaining, with elements of panic, surprise, & cruelty
High Comedy Comic genre evoking so-called intellectual or thoughtful laughter from an audience that remains emotionally detached from the plays depiction of the folly, pretense, & incongruity of human behavior
Low Comedy Comic style arousing laughter through jokes, slapstick humor, sight gags, & boisterous clowning (little intellectual appeal)
Romantic Comedy Form of comic drama in which the plot focuses on one or more pains of young lovers who overcome difficulties to achieve a happy ending
Slapstick Kind of farce, featuring pratfalls, pie throwing, fisticuffs, & other violent action
Tragedy Representation of serious & important actions that lead to a disastrous end for the protagonist; unhappy ending
Tragicomedy Combines elements of both comedy & tragedy; situations that bring protagonist to brink of disaster but that ends happily
Melodrama Weak in characterization & motivation but famously strong on action, suspense, & passion
Suspense Enjoyable anxiety created by authors handling of plot; results from audience anticipation for characters
Character magined figure inhabiting a narrative or drama
Orchestra Circular, level performance space at base of a horseshoe shaped amphitheater (Classical)
Amphitheater Greek stage performance space for plays (Classical)
Skene Greek staging, temporary wooden stage building in which actors changed when changing roles; served as setting for action in an interior space (Classical)
Picture-frame Stage Held Action in proscenium arch, framed by painted scene panels designed to give 3-D illusion (Medieval)
Proscenium Arch Separating auditorium from the raised stage frame or gateway in "front of scenery" (Medieval)
Troubadours Lyric poets who sang to aristocratic audiences mostly of chivalry & love (Medieval)
Madrigal Short secular song for 3 or more voices arranged in counterpoint; love or pastoral themes (Renaissance)
Augustan Age Greatest period of Roman literature under Emperor Augustus, dominated by Virgil, Horace, & Ovid; & neoclassical period dominated by Pope, Gray, & Swift
Oral Tradition Transmits narratives by word of mouth from one generation to another
Pantomime Acting on stage without speech (mime)
Peripeteia (Sudden change) reversal of fortune & or intent; occurs when certain result is expected & instead it's opposite is produced
Dumb Show Renaissance theater, mimed dramatic performance whose purpose is to prepare the audience for main action of the play to follow
Gothic Novel Terror & suspense, usually set in an isolated castle, mansion, or monastery populated by mysterious or threatening individuals
Magic Realism Contemporary narrative in which the magical & the mundane are mixed in an overall context of realistic story telling
Baroque Literature Great emphasis on originality & an overabundance of stylistic devices, particularly metaphors, hyperboles, & antitheses
Classical Unities Unity of action, place, and time; based on rules for drama derived from a passage in Aristotle's Poetics
Theatre of the Absurd Plays stressing the irrational or illogical aspects of life, usually to show that modern life is pointless (Modern)
Arena Theatre Theatre without a proscenium; the stage is at the center of the auditorium & is surrounded by seats also called, theatre in the round (Modern)
Thrust Theatre Theatre that extends into the audience, beyond the usual location of the proscenium & often has seats facing it on 3 sides (Renaissance)
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