Queen's University

Theatre History and Literature 1 [DRAM 200]

DRAM 200: “A chronological survey of production methods, architecture, performance, and dramatic literature in western and eastern theatre traditions from early classical eras to the end of the 19th century.” 

The intention of this course is to familiarize students with a broad range of artistic styles, developments and approaches in theatre history as well as a certain number of key texts in dramatic literature.  We are studying the dramatic texts alongside the theatre history not merely as a means of illustrating examples of the content of the various theatres, but in their own right, as important works of literature.  The plays studied are, where possible, chosen because of their historical importance and literary value.  It is expected that, by the end of this course, students will have a broad chronological frame of theatre history within which to locate particular events and also a rough lexicon of historical styles to which they can refer.  It is further expected that students will be able to confidently read and interpret dramatic texts, and to write knowledgeably about these, not only from a historical perspective, but from a variety of critical perspectives.

LEARNING HOURS: 240 (72L;60O;108P)

PREREQUISITE: Grade of B- in 6.0 units from (DRAM 100/6.0; DRAM 181/6.0; BISC100/3.0; BISC101/3.0) or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION: No more than 6.0 units from DRAM 200/6.0; DRAM 201/3.0; DRAM 202/3.0; DRAM 210/6.0.