Major problems in dramatic theory, such as aesthetics, mimesis, and the nature of theatre.
Aims of the course: We will explore major theories of mimesis as they relate to artistic representation in historical context, primarily to theater and film, but also to radio and television. The debates around mimesis will be studied from its first appearance in Aristotle and Plato, to the Enlightenment and Romanticism; modernist realism, constructivism, and epic theater; and finally to postmodern structuralism/semiotics, feminism, deconstruction, and postcolonial theory. Stage plays, films, and a radio play will also be included. Emphasis is placed on the definitions of mimesis, realism, the real, the representation of space and time, constructions of the subject, and adaptations from one artistic medium to another.
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