A Dictionary of the Word ‘Drama’ in Literature
By Elizabeth BinderA dictionary of the word drama will help students learn how to think critically about a range of topics, including literature and popular culture.
The dictionary, which was launched by the Center for the Study of Dramatic Literature and is published by the University of Southern California’s Luskin School of Drama, has been updated to reflect the broad range of popular discourse, from “The Great Gatsby” to “The Godfather.”
The new version also addresses the rise of the term “drama” in the literary canon, as it has for the past several decades.
According to the Dictionary of American Slang and Idioms, the word “dramatic” is “a type of dramatic event in which one or more actors (often male or female) act out an action or situation for a wide audience, usually through dramatic staging and narration.”
“The word is also used in the sense of an action taken in a dramatic setting, usually for the purpose of shock, awe, excitement, or amusement,” it continued.
“Dramatic, dramatic, dramatic.”
According to Dr. David Bowers, the director of the Center, “a dramatic event, particularly one that requires audience participation, is one that has a sense of scale and drama.”
“It’s also a verb form of the verb ‘to act in a manner,’ which is something we’ve come to understand as being the same word that you can say when you want to make someone else’s life more difficult,” he told Newsweek.
The new edition is based on the work of the University’s Lusk Center for Drama and is designed to “provide a broad and systematic survey of popular literature and dramatized events in American literature, as well as to present a comprehensive overview of contemporary issues of popular culture and culture in general.”
It was developed through a collaboration between the Lusk Institute and the Luskins School of Dramaturgy, and is now available to download.
According the dictionary, a dramatic event is a “fictional or historical story that is told or portrayed in a way that is both dramatic and dramaticistic,” and is “often a major part of a dramatic genre.”
“For example, a story about the discovery of an artifact of great significance that has been lost for more than 1,000 years may be considered a dramatic drama,” the dictionary reads.
“The term ‘dramatically’ is also a common noun, and its usage in American English, especially in the field of literature, is a common one.”
“Drama” is a term that was used in an informal sense to describe a series of events that are staged to create tension, excitement or excitement for the audience, the dictionary continues.
“When we use the word ‘drama,’ we’re using the word in the same way that we would use the term ‘act’ or ‘actress,'” Dr. Bowers said.
“When we say ‘drumming,’ we are using the same definition, but in a more formal sense, which is to say we are saying something dramatic, not that we’re singing, dancing, or doing something else that would be considered ‘act.'”
According to his blog, “Dramatist” was a term first used by George Santayana in his 1844 essay “The Art of Living.”
“When the word is used, it’s like the noun ‘dance,’ and that is how the dance is called in our culture,” he wrote.
“Drama is the name given to the practice of dancing in a circle, and the term derives from the Greek word dia or circle, meaning ‘to circle.'”
The practice of ‘dancing’ is, in essence, a process of moving in a circular fashion, which can be seen as the act of dancing on a stage.””
While the practice has been practiced for centuries, the term has only recently become widespread, and this dictionary will provide a helpful and concise reference guide to all things drama,” Dr. Santayanas writing continues.
Dr. Bower said that the dictionary will also serve as a reference book for teachers and students, and will “provides a useful tool to engage students in an ongoing dialogue on themes that concern them, and in engaging with the ideas that inform their own lives.”
According the Center’s website, the Dictionary is “designed to be a comprehensive guide to the literary and popular genres of literature and entertainment that are often referred to as drama, drama, and drama.
Its goal is to provide a comprehensive, well-informed overview of the subject matter and offer a useful framework for students to begin their careers as writers, directors, actors, musicians, and more.