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Literature LCC WGU13

Literature-Notes Chapter 13

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Burlesque A form of comedy characterized by ridiculous exaggeration and distortion
Amphitheater an outside theater for modern plays
Comedy nondramatic literary works marked by a happy ending and a less exalted style than that in tragedy.
Commedia dell'arte Improvised comedy; a form of Italian low comedy dating from very early times, in which the actors who usually perfomed conventional or stock parts improvised their dialogue though a plot of scenario was provided
Court comedy comedy written to be performed at a royal court
Comedy of Manners A term designated the realistic, often satirical, comedy of the Resoration, as practiced by Congreve and others.
Clasical drama
Chronicle plays a type of drma flourishing in the latter part of Elizabeth's reign, which drew its English historical materials from the 16th century chronicles
Elizabethan Drama this phrase indicates the body of English drama produced in the centruy preceding the closing of the theaters 1642, although it is sometimes employed in a narrower sense for the later years of Elizabeth's reign and the few years folling it.
Expressionism a movement affecting painting and literature, it means the yielding up of the realistic and naturalistic method of verisimilitude in order to use external objects not as representational but as transmitters of the internal impressions and moods.
Farce the word developed from Late Latin farsus, conected with a verb meaning "to stuff."
Fourth Wall the invisible wall of a room through which the audience conventionally witnesses what occurs on a stage imagined as a room with four walls and a ceiling, the ________ being presented as just behind the curtain.
Flat Character E.M. Forster's term for a character constructed around a single idea or quality, such as the humours characters of the 17th stage.
High Comedy Pure or serious comedy, as contrasted with low comedy. it appeals to the intellect and arouses thoughtful laughter by exhibiting the inconsistencies and incongruities of human nature & by displaying the follies of social manners.
Low Comedy called "elemental comedy," in that it lacks seriousness of purpose or subtlety of manner and has little intellectual appeal. some features are: quarreling, fighting, noisy singing, boisterous conduct in general, boasting, burlesque, trickery etc.
Modern Tragedy
Melodrama A work, usually a play, based on romatic plot and developed sensationally, with litte regard for motivation and with an excessive appeal to the emotions of the audience.
Medieval drama a term that includes all drama in the middle ages though religious drama and its allied forms are usually meant
Modern drama
Mystery plays a medieval play based on biblical history, a scriptural play
Miracle plays this term is used by many authorities in a broad sense that includes the scriptural cyclic drama,it is restricted by others to its early sense of a nonscriptural play based on a legnd of a saint or on a miracle performed by a saint or sacred object
Morality plays A kind of poetic drma that developed in the late fourteenth century, distinguished from the religious drma proper, such as the mystery play, by being a dramatized allegory in which abstractions appear in personalified form and struggle for a human soul.
Orchestra live musical group
Pastoral drama the pastoral conventions so popular at times in poetry and in the pastoral romance are reflected also in a form of drma occasionally cultivated by English dramatists
Picture-Frame Stage
Proscenium Arch
Shakespearian Tragedy
Slapstick low comedy involving physical action, practical jokes, and such actions as pie-throwing and pratfalls
Satire A work or manner that blends a censorious attitude with humor and wit for improving human institutions or humanity
Stage directions Material that an author, editor, prompter, performer, or other person adds to a text to indicate movement, attitude, manner, style, or quality of a speech, character, or action
Symbolist drama
Skene
Tragedy a term with many meanings and applications. In drma it refers to aparticular kind of play, the definition of which was established by Aristotle's Poetics
Tragicomedy a play that employs a plot suitable to tragedy but ends happily, like a comedy
Thrust Stage
Realism in the broadest literary sense, fidelity to actuality in its representation
Romantic Comedy a comedy in which serous love is the chief concern and source of interst, especially the type of comedy developed on the early Elizabethan stage by such as Robert Greene and Shakespeare
Renaissance Drama
Theater of the Absurd kind of drama that presents a view of the absurdity of the human condition by the abandoning of usual presents a view of the absurdity of the human condition by the abandoning of usual or rational devices and by the use of nonrealistic form
Theatrun Formerly, a theater or playhouse
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