5DefinitionDrama = work meant to be performed on stage by actors
6The Concept of Aristotle (384 - 322 BC) Distinction:Unity of:timeplaceactionDivision of plot into acts
7The Shakespearean drama Blurring of the strict conventions of the Greek drama:comic elements in tragedies(f.e. drunk porter in Macbeth)tragic elements in comedies(f.e. faked death of the heroinein Much ado about nothing)some tragedies are set in bourgeoisie(f.e. Romeo and Juliet)
820th century dramaThe drama in the 20th century distinguishes itself by an increasing diversification
920th century drama realistic „kitchen sink“ drama: set in working class, contains social criticism(f.e. George BernardShaw:Pygmalion)
1020th century drama absurd drama: surrealistic plot (f.e. Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot)
1120th century dramaAfter 1945: increasing individualism of the dramatists.
12Important Dramatists after 1945 Edward Albee(Who‘s afraid of Virginia Woolf)
13Important Dramatists after 1945 Arthur Miller(Death of a Salesman)He was married to ...... Marilyn Monroe !
14Important Dramatists after 1945 Harold Pinter(Look Back in Anger)
15Important Dramatists after 1945 Sam Shepard(True West)GOOD LOOKING !He is also a famous actor(f. e. The Pelican Brief with Julia Roberts)
16Important Dramatists after 1945 Thornton Wilder(Our Town)
17Important Dramatists after 1945 and of course ...... Tennessee Williams !
18Table of Contents: Part Two Tennessee Williams - A biographychildhooduniversity yearshis successhis decline
19His childhoodMarch 16, 1911: Tennessee Williams is born as Thomas Lanier Williams in Columbus, Mississippi:grows up in Clarksdale, Mississippi1918:familiy moves to St Louis
20University years 1929: Enters University of Missouri 1931: Leaves university because his father wants him to work in a shoe company1937:parents admit his sister Rose to a lunatic asylum1938:Graduates from University of Iowa
21His success1939: Wins his first prizes for American Blue and Battle of Angels.1940: outs himself as a homosexual
22His success 1944 -1955: writes his most famous plays Hot! HOT! 1944: The GlassMenagerie1947:A Streetcar Named Desire1955:Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
23His decline Lack of success causes phases of depression death of his longtime companion in 1963increasing addiction to alcohol and pillsFeb 25, 1983:dies in a hotel room as a result of his addiction