Monday, January 10, 2011

Our Working Definition of "Drama"

From John Dryden (1631-1700) An Essay of Dramatic Poesy, drama is:
… a just and lively image of human nature, reproducing the passions and humours, and the changes of fortune to which it is subject, for the delight and instruction of mankind.
A very great deal is contained in this brief definition: be sure to tease out its full range of specific and inter-related meaning from lecture.

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