1:00-2:15p TR 3 cr. hr.
This class examines important theories of both dramatic literature and theatre practice from 1700 to the present. Extending from Neoclassicism to Semiotics and contemporary cultural theory, approximately 20% of the course examines theory of the 18th century highlighted by Lessing, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Addison, Steele and Goldsmith. Approximately 30% of the course examines readings in 19th century theory dominated by Romanticism, Realism and Symbolism highlighted by Goethe, Schiller, Schlegel, Hugo, Zola, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Ibsen, Strindberg, Coleridge, Shaw and Yeats. The last half of the course examines modern and postmodern theory from Wagner and Marx to Psychoanalysis, Semiotics, Deconstruction, Feminism, Gay theory, Hermeneutics and Phenomenology. An important aspect of this course is to compare theory with practice and to identify and differentiate theory which inspires dramatic and theatrical practice from theory which results from theatrical practice.