Queen's University Logo

Theatre History and Literature II [DRAM 300]

DRAM 300/6.0 Theatre History and Literature II       

Theatre is a medium that allows for a different kind of storytelling—one that reflects and responds to its historical context in unique ways, and one that always responds, in production, to the actual context that the audience members are living through. In this course, we will examine some salient pieces in the Euro-North American canon of theatrical works from the late nineteenth century to the present. We will learn disciplinary habits of mind, and analytical skills including close reading and interpretation, allowing us to gain deeper insight into these works through text, performance, and research in its many forms. In addition to appreciating each text in its context, we will also put pressure on these texts to ask: what are the limits of understanding? What do these plays mean for us today? What is problematic about them and if so, how can we respond critically or artistically to these limits?

Inviting tensions into the interpretation and reframing of theatrical literature, we will focus primarily on the skills involved in using various kinds of research to follow our passions where theatre history is concerned, thus enacting an original and highly personal form of education and meaning-making. Through student-driven inquiry-based learning modules, we will build our course in the way we see most useful. Students will approach each topic from a variety of perspectives that engage in critical theory, philosophy, psychology, art history, music history, society, as well as others. In this way, theatre history will be made wholly ours.

Instructor: Colleen Renihan, Sarah Waisvisz

LEARNING HOURS:  252 (24L;24S;24G;60O;120P)

PREREQUISITE:  Level 3 or above.