Beyond Comedy and Tragedy

Sun Apr 5 20:51:11 2009
The medieval West created the Liturgical drama and Allegory, but these are not very “dramatic” in our sense of the word and very much out of fashion. Shakespeare combined elements of comedy and tragedy (e.g., Malvolio in Twelfth Night or Rosencrantz in Hamlet). He revitalized the Allegory (Merchant of Venice) and made dramas out of the Romance (The Winter’s Tale) and the History (Henry V). My favorite reworking of the classical genres is Brecht’s Epic theater. Brecht works from Aristotle’s distinction between Epic and Dramatic poetry in the Poetics and applies the rules for Epic to writing Drama and creates a whole new kind of theater.

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~ by severalfourmany on April 5, 2009.

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