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The Origin of Drama

  • Introduction
  • Mystery plays,
  • Miracle plays,
  • Morality plays
  • Mid of 15TH CENTURY
  • The Interludes
  • Romantic Drama
  • Elizabethan Period
The Origin of Drama

Moving away from the classics?

Gorboduc (1561) -Senecan model

Gorboduc (1561) -Senecan Model

The Origin of Romantic Drama

  • blend of English and classical elements
  • Ignores the unities of time and place
  • Adds non-classical dumb shows before each Act
  • Employs classic formalities like chorus and messenger
  • Premiered before the Queen in 1561, published in 1565, better version in 1570 as the Tragedy of Ferrex and Porrex

β€˜English’ Drama

  • Dilemma and confusion after the production of Gorboduc (1561)
  • Classical tradition vs. National taste
  • Faithful imitation of ancient models - cramping conditions of the Senecan style (translations of Seneca - 1581 – 10 tragedies in a single edition)
  • Triumph of the national taste
  • Catered to the amusement of the miscellaneous unscholarly public
  • Cared for exciting plots and vigorous action than the finer details of art
  • # A variety of experiments
  • The support of patrons

The Origin of Romantic Drama

  • Free tradition of the popular stage
  • away from the restrictive classical principles
  • The use of stage tricks and magic
  • Waning popularity of mystery plays, Catholic themes

MCQs

1. Gorboduc is also called

A. Piers the Plowman

B. Ferrex and Porrex

C. The four P՚s

D. None of the above

Answer: B

2. Gorboduc was performed in front of

A. James I

B. Charles I

C. Queen Elizabeth

D. None of the above

3. Gorboduc is a tragedy based on________

A. Classical Senecan model

B. The taste of Elizabethan audience.

C. Both a and b

D. Morality plays

Answer: C

Chapters:

0: 00 Gorboduc

0: 08 The Origin of English Drama

1: 05 The Origin of Romantic Drama

1: 55 Gorboduc

3: 30 History of Gorboduc

10: 00 MCQ about Gorboduc

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