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Syllabus Drama 115 – Perspectives in Western Drama Professor: Gregory Kable Section 003: Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 1:00 -1:50 pm Hamilton Hall 100 Overview : This class offers an introduction to Western drama from its beginnings in Ancient Greece to the contemporary stage. We will read texts, screen videos, engage in critical writing, and attend performances, all of which are intended to enhance your understanding and appreciation of drama. Bear in mind that this is a survey and as we’re covering 2500 years of theatre, it is by definition not comprehensive. We will, however, attempt a reasonable amount of both depth and breadth in the course of our journey. We will explore how to look at plays in terms of both text and performance: that is, as literature or cultural artifacts, but also as blueprints for action in the theatre. Each work we study is remarkably different, and will likely give you a completely new perspective on what constitutes dramatic art. Approach them all with an open mind and an open heart. And welcome to the class. Objectives : By the end of this course, you will be able to: * Identify relationships and distinctions between drama and theatre. * Recognize the basic elements of dramatic structure and key theatrical movements. * Define important theatrical terms. * Identify the contributions of several seminal playwrights and theatre artists. * Explain some of the social, cultural, and political influences on theatre. * Pursue an interest in current theatre practice, including active theatergoing. Required Text : The Bedford Introduction to Drama, 5/e. Lee A. Jacobus, ed. Required Department of Dramatic Art Privilege Card : In addition to the class work, you will be required to attend the productions of PlayMakers Repertory Company premiering over the course of the term. The DDA Privilege Card grants you admission at the lowest possible cost. Details will be presented in class. Aug 26. Introductions and Course Outline Aug 28. Approaching Drama and Theatre Aug 31. From the Page to the Stage Sept 2. Hurts So Good: Introduction to Tragedy Sept 4. Euripides’ Medea Sept 7. [No class—Labor Day Holiday] Sept 9. Medea (cont.) Sept 11. What’s So Funny?: Introduction to Comedy Sept 14. Aristophanes’ Lysistrata Sept 16. Lysistrata (cont.) Sept 18. Introduction to Renaissance Drama Sept 21. William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream Sept 23. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (cont.) Sept 25. A Midsummer Night’s Dream (cont.) Sept 28. The Spanish Golden Age: Calderon de la Barca's Life is a Dream Sept 30. Life is a Dream (cont.) Oct 2. Exam One Oct 5. Other Genres: Melodrama (film screenings in class) Oct 7. Modern Drama 1: Realism and Revolt Oct 9. Modern Drama 2: Expressionism Oct 12. [No class—University Day Holiday] Oct 14. Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House Oct 16. A Doll House (cont.)
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Oct 19. August Strindberg's Miss Julie Oct 21. Miss Julie (cont.) Fall recess. Oct 26. Other Genres: Farce (film screenings in class)
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