A new dictionary definition of the word dramatized may seem an odd choice to many, especially as the Oxford English Dictionary has defined it as a performance or discourse in which the audience is expected to feel a heightened sense of emotional response.
But for those who are averse to the term, or for those with a more general distaste for the term itself, this definition offers some fascinating insights into how it came to be, and what its implications are for the cultural, artistic and legal landscape in which it now lives.
First, it shows that the term was coined in the 17th century by English philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
He wrote: “A dramatization is a theatrical work in which there is a performance of a work of art, and the audience enjoys a heightened feeling of its beauty, in the way it is seen by the performers.”
The word “dram” is derived from a Middle English word for “a figure, or other representation.”
It comes from the Latin verb dolor, “to make or display, as a picture, picture frame, or picture.”
So, if a show or drama is dramatizing, then it is an example of what we would call a “public performance” – something that is intended to entertain people.
In his second edition of his book On the Laws of Nature, English poet John Milton wrote:”There are two kinds of dramatism: That which is theatrical, and that which is of real import.”
That is, a performance that is meant to be a public display of art.
So, if the show or play is meant for a “diverse crowd” of people, then the term is used to describe it.
As it turns out, the word is also a catch-all term for a variety of things:The word dramaturge, for example, is a term for someone who works in a theatre.
In the early 19th century, dramaturgists were expected to be actors, and were expected by society to portray people, not merely themselves.
This required an understanding of how people behave and think in the real world, as well as an appreciation of the art form itself.
The term dramaturgy was coined by German writer and dramaturger Franz Kafka in the early 20th century.
In the first edition of The Laws of the World (1910), a famous 18th-century work of fiction, Kafka wrote:The term dramatist also appears in the first definition of Dramaturgy in the 18th century: “The art of dramaturging is that art which is designed to make the audience feel something of itself.
To do this, it is necessary that it be performed to the highest possible standard.”
It’s important to note that this term does not mean that the performance is an event or performance, but rather a presentation.
It is a form of theatre that is designed for audiences to experience something in a particular way.
So, while there may be some people who may find the term “drama” offensive, there are others who find it quite liberating.
And, as such, the term has taken on an ever-expanding meaning, with it being used to include everything from a theatrical production to an event like a sporting event.