THTR 555 Sec. 4520 R. Wainscott

Drama Theory I: Greeks to 1700

1:00-2:15pTR 3 cr. hr.

This course examines theories of theatre and drama from the earliest surviving treatises and fragments to the romantic era of the early nineteenth century. The theoretical writings are analyzed throughout the course in conjunction with significant plays and theatrical history appropriate to the intent of the theories. For example, Aristotle's Poetics is analyzed in two different translations along with the texts of several play he cites as examples of his work, The theoretical writings include the work of Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus, Cinthio, Scalinger, Castelvetro, Guarini, Gosson, Sidney, Jonson, Lope de Vega, Corneille, Moliere, Racine, Voltaire, Dryden and others. Plays include Greek, Roman, Italian Renaissance, Elizabethan, Spanish Golden Age, French classicism and 18th century European.

Theories of Theatre(Carlson)
Dramatic Theory and Criticism(Dukore)
2 research/analysis papers
one take-home exam