Gatti’s theories for Popular Theatre

Here are the four questions:

  1. Describe Gatti’s theoretical paradigm and its historical context.
  2. Explain some of the key questions or concerns with his paradigm.
  3. Describe how popular theatre is practiced by other theatre artists (including any case study that interested you). For example, how are his ideas of popular theatre influenced by or reflected in practices of carnival?
  4. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses you see in the theoretical approach of popular theatre.

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The Story of the Self-created Hero?

The Princess Bride and Don Quijote present rather unorthodox
heroes, many of whom take on multiple guises often indicating a kind of
transformation (ie. Alonso Quijano into Don Quijote or Westley into the Man in
Black or the Dread Pirate Roberts or Fezzik and Inigo going from bad guys to
good guys or possibly even Buttercup). A traditional hero often undertakes a
dangerous journey in order to accomplish some particular goal. What their goal
is and how they conduct themselves in striving for it often indicates some
basic values and hopes, which the times or some change might have put in peril.
You want to consider all of this as you put together a profile of a hero from
one of the texts, considering their values, hopes, and goals as an indication
of what kind of hero they are, particularly in light of how successful they are
(or how the text has us understand “success” for the hero).

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American Literature

Consider how our authors use literary devices and figurative language. Choose one slave narrative (from Olaudah Equiano The Interesting Narrative of the Life… , Frederick Douglass Narrative of the Life of… , or Harriet Jacobs Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl ) and discuss the ways the author uses at least two of the following literary devices to convey his or her purpose or theme: symbolism, imagery, allusion, metaphor, simile, personification, and situational irony. Provide specific examples from the text for analysis.

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Homer. Iliad. Translated by Stanley Lombardo. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1997.

Be sure to
include a quotation from the text in your posting, one that has not yet been
used in the forum. Homer’s Iliad can be read as explaining
relations of power, legitimacy, and authority in terms of their social and
material basis. Explain one of the ways in which the text can be read as such
in the forum below.

video forum – Homer, Iliad
Each video posting in this forum should address the following topic (in less than 2 minutes). While
the text of Homer’s Iliad reflects the particular social and
historical conditions in which it was produced, offer your own reflection on
whether the text, in any respect, can be understood as speaking to issues
relevant to us today.

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A Rose for Emily


  1. Did the end of the story surprise you, or were you prepared for it? Explain.
  2. The community thought of Emily and her father “as a tableau”- a kind of a dramatic picture. This tableau suggests conflict. What conflicts do you think existed between Emily and her father?
  3. How is Colonel Sartoris’s white lie to Miss Emily about her taxes an attempt to spare her any embarrassment? Explain how Judge Stevens has also taken steps to avoid embarrassing her. how do the later changes in attitude toward Miss Emily’s taxes reflect wider social and economic changes in the South?
  4. Why do you think Faulkner emphasizes the way Miss Emily’s hair turned gray – and what do you think is significant about the time it started to happen?
  5. What significance do you see in the long strand of iron-gray hair found on the second pillow?
  6. What part do you think Tobe, the manservant, plays in Miss Emily’s history?
  7. What sort of person do you think the narrator of the story is? Is it a man or woman? Does the narrator pity Miss Emily? Admire her? Hold her in contempt?
  8. The critics noted of this story: “The community is nearly everywhere in Faulkner’s work as an important force and, diffused and anonymous though it be, it becomes one of the most important elements in the story… Miss Emily Grierson is one of the numerous characters in Faulkner’s work who are warped by their inheritance from the past and who are cut off from the community – sometimes by their own will – to their detriment.” Do you agree with these critics? Why or why not?
  9. Another observation made by the same critics is that Faulkner’s story has significance far beyond its horror-story ending: “to read ‘A Rose for Emily’ as merely a piece of cheap Southern Gothicism, an attempt to shock and horrify would be to miss the point.” Do you agree or disagree with these critics? What is the point of the story, in your opinion?

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Autobiographical literature

Consider all the definitions of autobiographical literature we’ve discussed. Choose ONE of the primary works listed. Describe how it fits in any one definition. Write an essay that shows how it contains essential elements of autobiographical literature genre.
Topic 2: Consider the problems with life writing we’ve discussed. Choose ONE of the primary works listed. Find any elements that may be problematic in the piece. Write an essay that shows how the piece is mostly credible or mostly not.
Topic 3: Consider the subgenres of autobiographical literature. Choose ONE of the primary works listed. Consider how it may cross over into different subgenres of life writing. Write an essay that shows its flexibility among several subgenres.
Topic 4: Consider the subgenres of autobiographical literature. Choose TWO of the primary works listed. Compare and contrast these works in the light of one or two subgenres, or in light of the overarching idea of autobiographical literature.
Primary Sources– Choose one or two, depending upon the prompt.
“Mother Tongue” by Amy Tan
Excerpt from “Guidebook To Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History” by Camille Dungy
“I Wanted To Love Paris, But It Didn’t Love Me” by Jennifer Hope Choi

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A monster of your choice

Describe and analyze a monster of your choice from a culture that is not your primary one (or that is not well-known in your culture). In other words, don’t do Frankenstein or something everyone knows in our culture. There’s a list of potential monsters under Content->Readings (entitled List of Non-Western and Lesser Known Western Monsters). But feel free to research any monster that you’ve wondered about—ranging from the pontianak and the wendigo to the quareen or boo hag.

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Dante’s condemnation of the sins of Avarice and Simony

Develop of the following topics in your response paper:

In Cantos 7 and 19 in particular (but also disseminated in other Cantos) we see Dante’s condemnation of the sins of Avarice and Simony, and the strong connection he draws between those particular sins and the role he expects the Church to have in the moral, social, and political order of his times. Draw a parallel, either by analogy or by contrast between the idea of the established church we can glimpse in the Cantos studied so far and the idea of institutionalized religion in the United States, bringing some positive and negative examples as proof of your argumentation, also in the form of published sources.

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The Red Sea Bride

  1. Did the first scene, in which the narrator lay next to the second wife, provoke your curiosity? How did you interpret the holes in the floor?
  2. In one paragraph, tell of a dream you had that was hard to interpret. Explain how you understood it (one paragraph at least).
  3. Later editions only: Who is Patti? Why does Ann hate her? Did you ever experience friendship problems in elementary school? (answer with one paragraph at least)
  4. Who is Mrs. Galbraith? Does she sound like a good high school teacher?
  5. Who is the teacher you remember most intensely from high school? (a paragraph at least, no matter which edition you have).

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