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Katherine Burke

on 26 April 2012

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Transcript of Postmodernism

Postmodernism 1960's Now ? Mid-20th Century Churchill Roosevelt Stalin Before TV:
U.S. government used newsreels.
Imagine getting war information this way. After this kind of destruction... People wanted order, calm How orderly!
Paintings by Warhol and then... If we can't trust the President... Assassinations VietNam War AIDS epidemic Berlin Wall falls Postmodernism is... I only understand my own experience. Visit the Postmodern Generator at www.elsewhere.org/pomo/
It gives you a random article each time you refresh. Random! Faith in authority Cocktails, anyone? Modern sculpture by Calder
Clean lines. Simple shapes. The sctructure is exposed. Sojourn Theatre Company
Portland, OR
Adaptation of Brecht's "Good Woman of Szechuan"
Subaru dealership The Wooster Group
"theatrical collage"
Devised Theatre Churchill Random Local, Personal,
Reflects the Self Questioning Truth & Authority Undecided,
Lots of Options,
Many Points of View Copied
(no originals) Fragmented Margaret Edson Kindergarten teacher
First and only play
Pulitzer Prize
"I wanted to write a play about grace..."
http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/4281 How does this play's postmodern attributes help us understand Vivian's journey toward grace? Or does it hinder your understanding? Why?


Do the postmodern attributes of this play reflect your own vision of the world? Consider especially fragmentation, indecision, questioning truth, etc.


Think back to the rules and formats of another form of theatre, in another time, maybe Greek tragedy, Realism, Theatre of the Absurd, Kabuki, Italian Renaissance theatre... how does the structure of this play compare? What would an audience of that time and place have thought of this play? What would have been confusing or different for them? Big Love
by Charles Mee
Based on ancient Greek play ("The Suppliants")
Overlapping words
Collage of emotions Gatz Not original
“Any art that is conscious of the fact that it is, in fact art.”
Chuck Klosterman - Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs Postmodernism...
is random
questions truth and authority
embraces copying (no originals)
is local, personal, self-reflective
is undecided, with many points of view
is fragmented
"The flow of harmony in and out of her life..."
"Her relationship with God..."
"Her understanding of herself as a person with a soul... capacity for love..."
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