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dramaturgy

an approach to social analysis, especially associated with Erving GOFFMAN, in which the theatre is the basis of an analogy with everyday life. In this analogy, social action is viewed as a ‘performance’ in which actors both play parts and stage-manage their actions, seeking to control the impressions they convey to others (impression management). The aim of actors is to present themselves in a generally favourable light and in ways appropriate to particular roles and social ‘settings – the latter is Goffman's term for the physical trappings which signal particular roles or status. In a related way, SOCIAL ACTORS also cooperate as members of teams’, seeking to preserve a ‘front’ while hiding from view the ‘backstage’ of social relations. Since actors will play different roles in different situations, they also on occasion find it necessary to practise audience segregation, withholding in a current situation any sign of those other roles they play which, if visible, would threaten the impression being given at the moment (e.g. the problems that would arise for a homosexual judge from any disclosure of his homosexuality). The model of interaction involved in dramaturgy turns on the inevitability of acting partly on inference. For Goffman, the social order is a precarious accomplishment, always liable to be disrupted by embarrassment and breaches of front.

Dramaturgy

 

The dramatic works of a writer, people, or period.

(2) The plot and characters of a play or film. Literary drama, transformed in the modern theater into a director’s script, forms the basis of theatrical dramaturgy. In cinematography, dramaturgy takes the form of screen-plays.

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Dramaturgically, all the action points to the necessity, even the inevitability, of Manuela's suicide.
Where McNally has differed to a degree from the movie and the book is in his emphasis--surely dramaturgically justified --on Joe accepting and recognizing his own guilt.
Bale's use of Latin in his plays may also be regarded as an ambivalent exploitation: granted, the traditional responses that Latin could elicit were dramaturgically useful, but outside drama, in their wonted (Catholic) contexts, Bale abhorred them.
Likewise, when the singer reaches an emotional rapprochement with his father, there's no need, dramaturgically speaking, for him to be around anymore, so Pop promptly dies.
These include a dramaturgically significant cut in the final duet of Act I, where another 'anti-Western' passage was removed.
Protagoras' ignorance and false pretensions are exposed through the work of the Socratic elenchus, But, even before Socrates begins asking questions, Plato intimates that Protagoras cannot teach good counsel regarding public and private affairs; he does this dramaturgically, by locating the discussion at a particular house and by introducing particular dramatic personae as visitors there.
The key to teaching dramaturgically is to reconceptualize the classroom in terms of its theatrical dimensions.
He disengages, dramaturgically, at a moment of critical decision in order to mark the difference between the objectivity and "hard reasoning" that criticism, appropriately, borrows from the epistemology of science, and the subjectivity that grounds, appropriately, a humanistic ontology.
In order to understand a play's social significance, we must analyze a play dramaturgically, bearing in mind that the theatrical function of characters is not entirely the same as the social function of members of any particular class.
Five of the plays are dramas of the sea, both realistic and poetic, dramaturgically effective yet rarely melodramatic.
A comparison of Shakespeare's plays with those by other dramatists--whether the methodology is focused dramaturgically on shared cultural and literary sources or repertorial competition--faces certain intractable problems.
Operas were adapted dramaturgically (even taking the form of all kinds of pastiches) and instrumentally, tailored to the particular theatre.