Theatre and Drama | Comparative Theatre & Drama: Melodrama
T662 | 26063 | Wainscott

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.
Papers: Research outline and one major paper.
EXAMS: One take-home.
Other requirements: Compile bibliography and share.