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MTEL English: Drama as Literature - Chapter Summary
From ancient plays to modern television, the dramatic arts have been with us for millennia. Rediscover how dramas are structured, as well as their history and elements as you study for the MTEL English test. The lessons illustrate the following material:
- Styles, time periods and plot elements in drama
- Explanation and examples of closet drama
- Characteristics of dramatic tragedies from classical to modern times
- Definition, characteristics and types of serious and comic drama
- History and examples of melodrama and dramatic farce
Delightfully illustrated and engagingly presented, the video lessons in this comprehensive refresher course take the tedium out of studying and make it fun. You can progress from lesson to lesson quickly, checking for retention and mastery along the way as you complete the lesson quizzes and the chapter tests. The dashboard also provides you with a convenient and useful means of tracking your work.
1. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles
Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.
2. Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution
Plays follow a predictable pattern that is referred to as their dramatic structure. In this lesson, you'll learn the five parts of dramatic structure, and you'll have the opportunity to test yourself at the end with a short quiz.
3. Closet Drama: Definition & Examples
The Closet Drama is a play that was meant to be read, but not performed. This art form is most associated with the Romantic period in literature, though Closet Dramas are still written today. In this lesson, we will look at the history of Closet Dramas and see a few examples.
4. Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern
Nearly every story has a hero, but some are better off by the end of the story than others. In this video, we learn what is so tragic about the hero in a tragedy.
5. Serious Drama: History, Characteristics & Types
Tragedies are serious plays in which the characters face dire consequences, either because of their own actions or because it is their destiny. In this lesson, we will find out more about types of serious plays.
6. What is Comic Drama? - Definition & Examples
The genre of drama is known for tragic heroes like Oedipus, Hamlet, and Willie Loman, but comic drama has always existed alongside the serious and tragic, lampooning modern life and those in power.
7. Elements of Melodrama: From Early Theater to the Modern Soap Opera
Have you ever wondered where or when soap operas started? In this video, we will look at the history and transformation of the melodrama from the stage to the small (and big) screen.
8. Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights
Would you believe Curly, Larry, and Moe, The Three Stooges, are simply practicing a centuries-old form of drama? Learn more about how horseplay and high energy contribute to the dramatic comedy sub-genre called farce.
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Other chapters within the MTEL English (07): Practice & Study Guide course
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- MTEL English: Dark Romanticism & Transcendentalism
- MTEL English: Realism in American Literature
- MTEL English: Modernism in American Literature
- MTEL English: Contemporary American Literature
- MTEL English: Old & Middle English Literature
- MTEL English: Renaissance Literature
- MTEL English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
- MTEL English: Authors & Poets of the Romantic Period
- MTEL English: Victorian Literature
- MTEL English: Contemporary British Literature
- MTEL English: Ancient Greek Literature
- MTEL English: Ancient World Literature
- MTEL English: European Authors & Poets
- MTEL English: Contemporary World Literature
- MTEL English: Characteristics of Literature
- MTEL English: Genres & Types of Fiction
- MTEL English: Elements of Non-Fiction
- MTEL English: Elements of Poetry
- MTEL English: Types of Poetry
- MTEL English: Interpreting Prose
- MTEL English: Literary Devices
- MTEL English: Literary Theory & Criticism
- MTEL English: Language Acquisition
- MTEL English: Principles of Rhetoric
- MTEL English: The Essay Writing Process
- MTEL English: Types of Compositions
- MTEL English: Writing Conventions
- MTEL English: Language & Reading Processes
- MTEL English: Vocabulary & Word Choice
- MTEL English: Motivating Students to Read
- MTEL English: Research-Based Reading Instruction
- MTEL English Flashcards