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ERIC Number: ED150619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
Pages: 26
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Gasps, Guffaws, and Tears: An Apology for Melodrama.
Clark, John R.; Motto, Anna Lydia
This paper traces the historical development of melodrama in the theatre and discusses its influence on twentieth century drama. Melodrama is a responsible literary mode based on romance and allegory, and its deliberate exaggeration of external actions represents figuratively the interior or psychological dimensions of imagination. Good melodrama portrays life experienced at its moral and emotional peak and arranges action into one of these basic patterns: love-threat-survival or love-threat-demise-repose. The paper discusses the specific use of melodrama in dramatically significant plays by Tennessee Williams, Luigi Pirandello, Anton Chekhov, Bertolt Brecht, and other modern playwrights. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Popular Culture Association in the South (6th, Jacksonville, Florida, October 6-8, 1977) ; Best copy available