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1 Tekstanalyse og –historie (Spring 2011) Session One: General Introduction and Drama I

2 Agenda Introduction: The Aims and Means of the Course Introduction: The Aims and Means of the Course Drama I: George Shaw, Mrs Warren’s Profession and Susan Glaspell, Trifles Drama I: George Shaw, Mrs Warren’s Profession and Susan Glaspell, Trifles

3 Introduction 2nd Semester. The analysis (and history) of 2nd Semester. The analysis (and history) of Drama Drama Poetry Poetry Travel writing and Biography Travel writing and Biography

4 Introduction The key question: How is meaning produced in (literary) texts? The key question: How is meaning produced in (literary) texts? Medium Medium Genre Genre Context (history) Context (history)

5 The Exam Portfolio Contents: Contents: Autumn Semester 2010: Autumn Semester 2010: Two assignments + teachers’s comments + your individual reflections Two assignments + teachers’s comments + your individual reflections Spring Semester 2011: Spring Semester 2011: A quiz + teacher’s comments + individual reflections A quiz + teacher’s comments + individual reflections An assignment + teacher’s comments + individual reflections An assignment + teacher’s comments + individual reflections

6 The Specificity of Dramatic Texts: A Summary of Key Concepts Stage directions: characters, setting, placement of actors, historical setting, props, visual appearance, audio-visual appearance Stage directions: characters, setting, placement of actors, historical setting, props, visual appearance, audio-visual appearance Plot: rising action, climax, falling action. (exposition, complication, climax, crisis, resolution – reversal, recognition, turning point). Plot: rising action, climax, falling action. (exposition, complication, climax, crisis, resolution – reversal, recognition, turning point). Sub-plot Sub-plot Story and Plot ??? Story and Plot ??? Characters and characterisation Characters and characterisation

7 ary/pages/stageplan.html

8 [Summer afternoon in a cottage garden on the eastern slope of a hill a little south of Haslemere in Surrey. Looking up the hill, the cottage is seen in the left hand corner of the garden, with its thatched roof and porch, and a large latticed window to the left of the porch. A paling completely shuts in the garden, except for a gate on the right. The common rises uphill beyond the paling to the sky line. Some folded canvas garden chairs are leaning against the side bench in the porch. A lady's bicycle is propped against the wall, under the window. A little to the right of the porch a hammock is slung from two posts. A big canvas umbrella, stuck in the ground, keeps the sun off the hammock, in which a young lady is reading and making notes, her head towards the cottage and her feet towards the gate. In front of the hammock, and within reach of her hand, is a common kitchen chair, with a pile of serious-looking books and a supply of writing paper on it.] [A gentleman walking on the common comes into sight from behind the cottage. He is hardly past middle age, with something of the artist about him, unconventionally but carefully dressed, and clean-shaven except for a moustache, with an eager susceptible face and very amiable and considerate manners. He has silky black hair, with waves of grey and white in it. His eyebrows are white, his moustache black. He seems not certain of his way. He looks over the palings; takes stock of the place; and sees the young lady.]

9 1889 Victor Cycles Overman Wheel Co, Boston, Mass, USA

10 Bernard Shaw, Mrs Warren’s Profession Plot Plot Act OneAct TwoAct Three Act Four Turning Point: Vivie Learns about Her mother’s Past (1766): Climax: Harmony Turning point: Vivie learns About her Mother’s Present 1776): Crisis: Conflict Complicatio n Conflict: Vivie vs Her mother Resolution: Goodbye mother (and Frank)

11 Susan Glaspell, Trifles The dramatis personae The dramatis personae The stage directions The stage directions The characters: protagonist(s), antagonist(s) The characters: protagonist(s), antagonist(s) The plot: Exposition, complication, climax, crisis, resolution The plot: Exposition, complication, climax, crisis, resolution Story and Plot ??? Are the events presented in the order in which they happen? The subplot. Story and Plot ??? Are the events presented in the order in which they happen? The subplot. The genre: intertextuality, parody, pastiche ??? The genre: intertextuality, parody, pastiche ??? Thematics and themes Thematics and themes


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