Style Project: For this project you will teach the class about certain dramatic styles that many plays are written in. You will be an expert on this style. This means that you will need to discuss the tenets or philosophy of the style and what your particular style hopes or hoped to accomplish by writing in this way.. Why authors chose to write in the style. What were the authors rebelling or revolting against. ( Each style goes against breaks or pulls away from the previous one for some reason) Who are the major players, thinkers or authors in this style. What did they write? Give examples of this style (show me examples from different works that emulate this style) and explain how it conforms to the styles ideas and philosophy. The method or your teaching style should contain: a PowerPoint presentation, which outlines and explains your styles ideas, examples of work and how the examples you have chosen demonstrate the styles philosophy. You will also need to explain the major figures and what they hoped to accomplish by wiring in this style. And you need to explain how the style influenced their current culture and perhaps even demonstrate a connection of how we can see elements of this style in today's media and entertainment. You will need to be prepared to answer any questions that I, myself or others students pose about your particular style. You will also need to give a time reference where we could see where it fits into a time line. You may want to discuss, very briefly, what came before and what came after your particular movement. You will also need to provide a bibliography, which students will be able to look up and find information about that particular style.
Here is a list of styles you may choose from: Aristotelian Tragedy, Old Comedy, New Comedy, Neoclassic Tragedy (the ideas of decorum), Romanticism, Naturalism, Realism, Symbolism, Futurism, Bauhaus, Dada, Surrealism, Expressionism, Absurdist, Well-made play, Epic Theatre, Theatre of Cruelty, Theatre of the Oppressed, Postmodern, Avante-guard, Restoration, Harlem Renaissance, Religious (Contemporary Church Drama).
I notes and resources to get you started. We cannot create essays or PowerPoints for you, so please use these notes to jump start.
As you teach the class about certain dramatic styles that many plays are written in and be an expert on this style, I love Epic Theater as a genre for you to consider since I am a Brechtian fan. As you explain the major figures and what they hoped to accomplish by writing in this style, Brecht is the most prominent dramatist.
As you then discuss the basic tenets or philosophy of the style and what your particular style hopes or hoped to accomplish by writing in this way, you can assert that this genre had its origins in art. It also lends itself to a basis in expressionism and the premise of "presenting the world as perceived by the artist's inner vision" (www.english.emory.edu/DRAMA/ExpressionismEpicIndex.html).
You can also suggest that dramatists of Epic Theater embodied certain ideologies. For example, they rejected realistic modes of representation. Instead, they sought to create a "drama that through its eccentric, nightmarish visions would portray more accurately the individual's tormented relationship with the world" (www.english.emory.edu/DRAMA/ExpressionismEpicIndex.html).
Another major premise of Epic ...
Epic Theater as a genre is offered in note and resource format in the solution.