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English 102 (03/11/2017)

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English 102: Introduction to Critical Analysis
Keywords for the Present: Reading Cultural Production Then & Now
Instructor: Jordan Kinder
Meeting time: MWF 10am-10:50am
Day 25: Introduction to Drama as Form
Agenda
Summary
readings:
DeLillo,
Valparaiso,
Act 1
DRAMA UNIT
1. Housekeeping (2 mins)
2. Mediascapes & Postmodernism (2 mins)
3. Group Questions (10 mins)
4. Discussion (15 mins)


Mediascapes

Discussion Questions
1. Gender:
How do gender relations figure into Valparaiso, especially in the character of Livia (what she says/how she acts, etc.)?
2. Mediascapes:
What "mediascape" or "scapes" is Valparaiso centered around? How might Valparaiso be critiquing this mediascape, and what does this do in relation to our past discussions on the role of media in contemporary life?
3. Form + Content:
How does repetition operate in Valparaiso, especially in relation to how we saw repetition in Green Grass, Running Water?
4. Space/Place:
How is "place" represented in the narrative in Valparaiso? What might the "confusion" say about space and place in the late twentieth-century?

5. Stories/Narratives:
What is the significant of stories and of representation as such through narrative in the development of Valparaiso? How do Michael's "revisions" speak to this significance?
Discussed DeLillo
Discussed Plays
Discussed Mediascapes
Started reading the play more closely
Media + Landscape
DON DELILLO
1936-
Novelist, playwright, essayist, etc.
Associated with American postmodernism
Key works include White Noise (1985), Libra (1988) Underworld (1997).
MEDIASCAPE
"Mediascapes refer both to the distribution of the electronic capabilities to produce and disseminate information (newspapers, magazines, television stations, and film-production studios), which are now available to a growing number of private and public interests throughout the world, and to the images of the world created by these media. These images involve many complicated inflections, depending on their mode (documentary or entertainment), their hardware (electronic or preelectronic), their audiences (local, national, or transnational), and the interests of those who own and control them. "
Arjun Appadurai, "Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy"
A RADICALLY CONDENSED HISTORY OF
(Mostly) ENGLISH DRAMA

Ancient Greece
Middle Ages
17th & 18th Century
19th Century
20th Century
472 BCE
Aeschylus
The Persians

441 BCE
Sophocles
Antigone
950 (?)
Bishop Ethelwold
Regularis Concordia

adapted from Fischer-Lichte History of European Drama and Theatre
1500s
Passion
Plays
5th to the 15th century
1564-1616
Shakespeare
late 18th
19th
Middle Class
Play
Theatre
Falls out
1912
Shaw
Pygmalion
1928
Brecht
The Threepenny Opera
1953
Miller,
The Crucible
As You Like It
, Shakespeare
"ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE"
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