Theatre and Drama | History of Western Theatre and Drama II
T371 | 4638 | Wainscott


History of Western Theatre and Drama II: Circa 1700 to the Present

This section fulfills AHLA and CSB requirements.

This course surveys the theatre history and dramatic literature of
Restoration England (1660-1700), Europe and America in the 18th
century, 19th century Romanticism and melodrama in Europe and the
United States, as well as Western theatre and drama from the time of
Ibsen to the present.  The theatre is examined as both an artistic
and humanistic discipline.  Significant plays, playwrights, actors,
designers, directors, producers, and other theatre artists, along
with production methods, theatre architecture, and dramatic theory
are placed in their historical, political, artistic, social,
philosophical and religious contexts.  Throughout the process,
however, we will give special attention to theatrical space and the
semiotic possibilities of places of performance and the kinds of
plays performed in those spaces.  It is hoped that the student will
leave this course not only with a better understanding of theatre and
drama in their historical setting, but with the ability to make
important connections between theatre of the past and our current
experiences with theatre, the other fine and performing arts, and our
contemporary life styles.
TEXTS:
Wilson & Goldfarb.  Living Theatre.
Vena and Nouryeh,  Drama and Performance from which we read Behn, The
Rover; Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer; Hugo, Hernani; Daly, Under
the Gaslight; Ibsen, Ghosts; Chekhov, The Sea Gull; Strindberg, A
Dream Play; O’NEILL, The Hairy Ape; Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof;
Pinter, The Birthday Party; Baraka, Dutchman; Soyinka, Death and the
King’s Horseman; Fornes, The Conduct of Life; Havel, Largo Desolato.
REQUIREMENTS:
ASSIGNMENTS: (1) research paper – one project.
EXAMS: (2) essay and identification.