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Theatre History and Literature I [DRAM 200]

DRAM 200/6.0 Theatre History and Literature I

The intention of this course is to familiarize students with a broad range of artistic styles, developments, and approaches in theatre history. At its core, this course is an examination of story-telling: what stories do we choose to tell, when, and how? We will investigate theatre history through a consideration of stories and their contexts, covering production methods, architecture, dramatic literature, and performance traditions from early classical eras to the end of the 19th century.

We will consider theatre as a means of reflecting contemporary society, and as a tool for instigating social change. 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.

INSTRUCTOR: Kelsey Jacobson