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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding dramatic symbolism or the history of drama
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How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the World Literature - Drama chapter exam.
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- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a drama unit of a standard college introductory humanities course. Topics covered include:
- Dramatic time periods and movements
- Elements of drama
- Dramatic comedy, dramatic farce, melodrama and mixed form drama
- Analysis of dramatic works
- Works by Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller
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. History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods
Today's theatre is a mix of many styles that have been popular for hundreds of years. In this lesson, learn how each time period contributed to what we now see during a live, dramatic performance.
3. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism
Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.
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. Dramatic Comedy: History and Types
Everyone loves to laugh, and sometimes it's at the most inappropriate times. Even the ancient Greeks loved a dirty joke or two! Learn more in this video about dramatic comedy, its history and types.
6. 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.
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. Futurism, Dada, Surrealism & Expressionism
They say that entertainment often mirrors reality. This was only partially true in the early 20th century. Watch this video to see how playwrights all took different approaches to creating their own realities in these dramatic movements of the early 1900s.
9. Epic Theatre: Brecht
Communism? 'Mack the Knife'? Verfremdung? Wonder what these have in common or what they even mean? Find out how epic theatre united these with the hope of making social changes.
10. Theatre of Cruelty: Artaud
Most of us watch movies or television shows to relax or escape reality, not as a means of reform. In this video, learn how Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty tries to shock the audience into becoming better people.
11. Theatre of the Absurd
You've heard the word 'absurd,' but did you know it was a type of theatre? Watch this video to see how the absurdity of World War II helped promote the Theatre of the Absurd.
12. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging
If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.
13. Waiting for Godot: Plot, Characters, and Style
In this lesson, we'll explore Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking play, Waiting for Godot. We'll look at its main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, and hear an example of their circular, sometimes nonsensical banter. We'll also briefly discuss the play's legacy in modern theater.
14. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays
Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize, playwright Eugene O'Neill is a major figure in American drama. In this lesson, we'll look at his tumultuous life and review the most notable plays from his acclaimed career.
15. Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style
This lesson provides insight into the life, work and style of one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tennessee Williams. His major works include 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'
16. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays
In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.
17. Agamemnon by Aeschylus: Summary & Quotes
Whether on the news or on stage, stories of dysfunctional royal families always draw a crowd. You can imagine, then, the crown Aeschylus' tragedy 'Agamemnon' must've drawn when you explore this lesson with a summary and quotes from this tragic play!
18. Caius in Shakespeare's King Lear: Traits & Analysis
Sometimes there is loyalty even after death. In this lesson, we will learn about Caius from 'King Lear.' He was one of William Shakespeare's most devoted and faithful characters ever put to paper.
19. Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet: Summary, Characters & Analysis
The play ~'Glengarry Glen Ross~' by David Mamet has won awards on Broadway for its story of desperate businessmen working in the cutthroat real estate business. Read on for a summary of the play and characters as well as analysis that explains the importance and popularity of the work!
20. Italo Calvino: Biography, Books & Short Stories
Italo Calvino is one of the most important Italian fiction writers of the twentieth century. His role in the Italian resistance played a role in his writing, and he is well known for his tales of fantasy.
21. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Works & Biography
This lesson provides an overview of the life story and major works of Goethe, the German poet, novelist, and playwright. We'll also look at Goethe's lasting influence on Western literature, music, and philosophy.
22. Miguel de Cervantes: Biography, Books & Facts
You're probably familiar with Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza, but you might not know much about the man who gave these timeless characters life. You won't have to fight crowds (or windmills) to get up-close and personal with Miguel de Cervantes in this lesson, where you'll learn about his own fascinating story, his work, and some surprising facts concerning this famous Spanish author.
23. The Rover Play Summary
This lesson includes a brief biography of playwright Aphra Behn and a summary of her play, The Rover. There is also discussion of important themes in the play, and you can test your knowledge at the end with a brief quiz.
24. William Wycherley's The Country Wife: Summary & Analysis
This lesson will explore William Wycherley's 'The Country Wife.' We'll look at the political and literary context of the play as well as the plot of the play itself. Then, complete the short quiz at the end of the lesson.
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