Theatre and Drama | Structure of Drama
T550 | 4612 | Reardon, D


Structure of Drama is an intensive course in textual analysis which
often focuses on “cutting edge” contemporary American dramatists
such as Sam Shepard, Richard Nelson, Craig Lucas, Constance Congdon,
Eric Overmyer, and Len Jenkin.  But the course feels free to draw
upon canonical classics from giants such as Euripides, Shakespeare,
and Georg Buchner.

In its largest sense, Structure of Drama attempts to examine what
theatre has been, what it seems to be, and what it could become.  We
examine the intricate connections between what a playwright thinks
and feels and the way he or she manipulates form to project those
thoughts and emotions.

Though the course has obvious relevance for specialists in various
areas of theatre and drama, it benefits from and welcomes the
participation of graduate students from English, Comparative
Literature, Anthropology, Semiotics, Fine Arts and any other
discipline interested in mimetic and non-mimetic representation of
life upon the stage.