Introduction to Drama, Performance & Media Session 1

Terms: Drama- the study of plays, textual construction
Theatre – the study of production
Performance- a mode of communication
Media- study of consumable art forms
artificial- kunstlik
transparently- l2bipaistvalt
simultaneously- samaaegselt
agent- vahend
perception- taju, m2rkamine

Performance is “ a mode of expression so transparently manufactured and artificial [it] is simultaneously the agent of the most intense perception we may ever have of the real.” (Hilton 1987. 1)
Hilton, Julien (1987) Performance. Basingstoke: The Macmillan Press

“Tragedy is an imitation of an action that is admirable, complete and possesses magnitude: in language made pleasurable, each of its species separated in different parts: performed by actors, not through narration; effecting through pity and fear the purification of such emotions” (Aristotle 1996. 11)
Aristotle (1996) The Poetics trans. Malcolm Heath London: Penguin Books
Reading week 12: ARISTOTLE – “So the plot is the source and soul of tragedy, character is second. It is much the same in the case of painting: if someone were to apply exquisitely beautiful colours at random he would give less pleasure than if he had outlined an image in B&W.”
‘The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art – and, by analogy, our own experience – more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means.’ (Sontag, 1964. 8)
Sontag, Susan (1964) ‘Against Interpretation’ available at accessed 26 Sept 2014
form- how?
content- what and why?
ART- to givea strip of the truth and reality
CRITISISM- do stuck into form and content (what it is and how it is made) but also consider what is it trying to say and why it was made-dig into the meaning, the inner plot and point

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