hewett_THAR281502_fall08_syllabus

hewett_THAR281502_fall08_syllabus - THAR 281-502 Theatre...

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THAR 281-502: Theatre History II Fall 2008, T/R 2:20-3:35, HPCT 101 Professor : Rebecca Hewett Office Hours: T-Th: 12:30-1:45 pm Email: [email protected] Office: Blocker 142 “Theatre provides an opportunity for a community to come together and reflect on itself…It is not only the mirror through which a society can reflect upon itself—it also helps to shape the perceptions of that culture through the power of its imaging.”— Margaret Wilkerson Course Goals: o To explore ways in which theatre has reflected and affected society o To offer a broad understanding of how theatre is made o To examine how historical context influences our understanding of artistic practices o To survey major theatrical movements and the ways in which they are connected o To look at contemporary trends and movements in theatre as indebted to historical predecessors o To give students tools to be active audiences and informed artists in today’s theatre o Build vocabulary and observational skills suitable to the analysis of performance and play texts. Guiding Questions: o How are issues of identity, nationalism, activism, aesthetics, and politics reflected in various theatre movements? o How are theatrical movements connected to one another? o How has theatre been used as a tool for social change throughout history? o What can we steal from these artists to inform our own art practices? o How do current trends in theatre and performance relate to theatre history? o What is avant-garde? How do movements that were once shocking become the norm? o How do you read a play to get the most out of it? o How do you watch a play to get the most out of it?
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Required Course Texts : Tartuffe , by Moliere, Translated by Richard Wilbur (Harcourt Brace, 1963) The Seagull , by Anton Chekhov. Translated by Tom Stoppard (Faber and Faber, 2001). Fences , by August Wilson (Samuel French, 1986). Death of a Salesman , by Arthur Miller (Penguin, 1976). How I Learned to Drive , by Paula Vogel (Dramatists Play Service, 1998) Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 , by Anna Deavere Smith (Knopf, 1994). August: Osage County , by Tracy Letts (Theatre Communications Group, 2008) Living Theatre: History of the Theatre , 5 th edition, by Wilson and Goldfarb (McGraw Hill, 2008) Note on reading for this class: All reading assignments listed on the syllabus must be read prior to the class day on which they are assigned. These readings are mandatory. The titles of the plays appear on the days they are due; readings from the course textbook, Living Theatre , are noted with an “ LT .” All course texts are available at the campus bookstore. Please feel free to look online for inexpensive used copies. However, if you look online for used copies of The Seagull or Tartuffe , please make sure you’re getting the correct translation. All course texts will also be on reserve at the Evans Library.
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