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Fine Arts--Theatre

Naturalism--Emile Zola

What is Theatre
Festivals and Origins
Elements of Classical Tragedy
Renaissance Theatre in England
Elements of Revenge Tragedy
Elizabethan and Shakespearean Acting
French Neoclassicism
French Neoclassicism II
French Theatre--16th and 17th C.
The Nineteenth Century--World Views
The Nineteenth Century--Production Changes
Nineteenth Century--The Well-made Play
Theatre of the Absurd
Absurdism as Philosophy
Existentialism--Search for Meaning
Naturalism--Emile Zola
Realism--Henrik Ibsen
Contemporary Drama: Black Theatre


       Emil Zola believed in Naturalism in the Theatre (1881).  He followed the practices of Comte and thought a play should be "a slice of life" and "a work ought to be based on truth." He believed that theatre should be a depiction of life and that "the best style in theatre is the one which best reproduces spoken conversation."


Zola was a novelist and critic, not a playwright. He did practice naturalism in his works, especially in his depiction of the decay of humanity to its sordid baseness.

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