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  1. satyr play
  2. Romantic Comedy
  3. cothurni
  4. Expressionism
  5. Satiric comedy
  1. a A genre using devisive humor to ridicule human weakness and folly or attack political injustices and incomptetence. Often focuses on ridiculing characters or killjoys, who resist the festive mood of comedy. Such characters, called humors, are often characterized by one dominant personality trait or ruling obsession.
  2. b a dramatic styles developed bet. 1910& 1924 in Germany in reactio against realism's focus on surface details and external reality. To draw an audience into a dreamlike subjective realm, it used episodic plots, distorted lines, exaggerated shapes, abnormally intense coloring, mechanical phyical movement, ad telgraphic speeh. Plays ranged from utopian visions of a fallen, materialistic world redeemed byt the spirituality of "new men" to pessimistic nightmare visions of universal catastrophe.
  3. c type of Greek comic play that was one of the four parts of the traditional tetralogy; subject matter treated in burlesque, drawn from myth or the epic cycles
  4. d high, thick-soled elevator shoes that made them apear taller than ordinary men.
  5. e A form of comic drama in which the plot focuses on one or more pairs of young lovers who overcome difficulties to achieve a happy ending (usually marraige).

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. personae; the source of our word person, "a thing through which sound comes"
  2. katharsis; feeling of relief of pent-up emotions
  3. Developed in the 16th century Italian playhouses, it held the action within an arch, a gateway standing "in front of the scenery". It framed painted scene panels to give the illusion of 3-dimensional perspective although only one seat in the auditorium fully experienced the complete perspective illusion and that seat was reserved for royal patrons. This stage was the norm until the 20th century in Europe.
  4. A comic style arousing laughter through jokes, slapstick humor, sight gags, and boisterous clowning. Little intellectual appeal.
  5. a play or dramatic poem designed to be read aloud rather than performed.

5 True/False questions

  1. Commedia dell'arteA form of comic drama developed by guilds of professional Italian actors in the mid-16th century. Playing stock characters, masked players improvised diaologue around a given scenarios (with a brief outlinejmakring entrances and main course of action). In a typical play a pair of young lovers (played without masks), aided by a clever servant (Harlequin), outwit older masked characters.


  2. SkeneA type of comedy featuring exaggerated character types in ludricrous and improbable situations, provoking belly laughs with sexual mix-ups, crude verbal jokes, pratfalls, and knockabout horseplay.


  3. MelodramaOriginally, any drama accompanied by music used to enhance mood or emotion. By the nineteenth century, it became highly stereotypical and favored sensational plots over realistic characters. Characters are stock characters, usually either highly virtuous or villainous, and plots are generally sensational and improbable. Virtue inevitably triumphs over villainy. The term is used today almost exclusively as a pejorative.


  4. paradosThe representation of serious and important actions that lead to a disastrous end for the protagonist.


  5. Comedy of MannersA realistic form of comic drama that flourished with seventeenh-century playwrights. Deals with the social relations and sexual intrigues of sophicsticated, intelligent, upper-class men and women, whose verbal fencing and witty repartee produce the prinicipal comic effects. Stereo-typed characters from contemporary life.