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Ch 9: World Literature: Drama Through the 19th Century

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This informative chapter offers video lessons and self-assessment quizzes on drama through the 19th century. Our self-paced resources offer you a tool you can use to study ahead of an exam using any smartphone, tablet or computer with an Internet connection.

World Literature: Drama Through the 19th Century - Chapter Summary

Our helpful chapter on drama through the 19th century is taught by experienced instructors who make this subject area easy for you to understand. You'll watch videos on styles of drama, the history of drama and different elements that make up drama. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to achieve the following objectives:

  • Outline tragedy in drama from classical to modern times
  • Describe the history of dramatic comedy
  • Provide examples of dramatic farce
  • Identify components that can be used when analyzing dramatic works
  • Define Greek tragedy and provide some examples
  • Detail the structure of Shakespeare's tragedy plays
  • Explain the history of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • Discuss the themes and writing style used in the plays by Henrik Ibsen

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11 Lessons in Chapter 9: World Literature: Drama Through the 19th Century
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What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

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.

History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods

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.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

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.

Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

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.

Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

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.

Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights

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.

Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

7. 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.

Greek Tragedy: Definition, Characteristics & Plays

8. Greek Tragedy: Definition, Characteristics & Plays

Learn about Greek tragedy, an art form that reached its peak during the Greek Golden Age of the fifth century and influences literature up to the present day. Following this analysis, you can then test your knowledge with a quiz!

Shakespeare's Tragedy Plays: Elements & Structure

9. Shakespeare's Tragedy Plays: Elements & Structure

William Shakespeare is one of the most popular writers of all time. Many of the plays written by Shakespeare are known as tragedies. Learn more about Shakespeare's writings, including their elements and structure, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: History & Facts

10. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: History & Facts

The Globe Theatre is one of the most popular theatres in the world. There have been a number of plays performed at The Globe Theatre, including many of the plays written by William Shakespeare. Learn more about the theatre, and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Plays by Henrik Ibsen: Themes & Writing Style

11. Plays by Henrik Ibsen: Themes & Writing Style

The Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote some of the world's most enduring, modern plays. However, his life was anything but easy. In this lesson, we will look at the life of Ibsen, his plays, and observe Ibsen's writing style.

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