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ENG-220-20, Introduction to Drama (FA13)

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kate Bossert (kbossert@ndm.edu)

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Wednesday/06:00PM - 08:45PM, 09/04/2013-10/16/2013

CONTENT:

This course provides a general introduction to dramatic literature and theater history, spanning the classical age to the 20th century. Readings will range from tragedy to light comedy and exemplify both traditional and experimental forms.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. acquire a working knowledge of theater history, including major periods, works, authors, forms, and basic elements relevant to dramatic literature;

2. identify and describe the theme, plot structure, characterization, imagery, and point of view in a particular dramatic work;

3. consider the relationship between page and stage by analyzing directorial and performance choices;

4. generate and support independent interpretations, both in speech and writing.

METHODS:  

This is discussion-based course. Attendance at every class session is mandatory. Students will also attend one live performance. Note: students will frequently read aloud in class as we discuss scenes from the assigned plays. However, this is a literature course, NOT an acting class. No prior performance experience is required or expected. 

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

1. Readings; 2. Participation (30%); 3. Quizzes (30%); 4. Two Essays (40%)

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

1. Norton Anthology of Drama. Short Ed. Ed. Gainor, et al. Norton, 2009. (9780393934120)

2. Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre. Ed. Brown, Oxford UP, 2001. (9780192854421)

3. One ticket to a live theater performance (Show and venue to be determined. The ticket will be discounted at a student rate and should cost less than $20).

This is a “web-enhanced” course that will make minimal use of on-line material. I will use Joule to post electronic copies of the syllabus, assignments, and readings not contained in our textbooks.

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex & Aristophanes, Lysistrata (in Norton Anthology of Drama)

Chapter 1, “Greek Theater” (in Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre)