1:00p-2:15p TR 3 cr hrs
This course examines plays from the Greeks to the present which can be categorized generically as melodrama. Although we give this form many names, its moniker "melodrama" is frequently used in a pejorative sense. We can find most of the tenets of melodrama in some of Euripedes and they recur in most periods from the Italian Renaissance onward. We can find it in the Elizabethan era, the Spanish Golden Age, and the eighteenth century, especially in the french drame. Obviously the heyday begins at the turn of the 19th century and we will examine a number of the distinct types of the 1800's and into the early twentieth century when much melodrama shifted to film and later television. We will examine this stage to screen shift while also looking for lingering melodramatic elements in current drama of the stage. We will read plays from all of the named periods, and perhaps a few others.