Queen's University

Theatre History and Literature 1 [DRAM 200]

DRAM 200/6.0


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. 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 surroundings, in a survey of production methods, architecture, and performance traditions in Western and Eastern theatre from early classical eras to the end of the 19th century. We will consider theatre as a means of reflecting of 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. 

Each week, students will complete an asynchronous online module that includes lecture content, video lessons, play readings, and high quality video recordings of live performances. We will then discuss the module in a weekly online gathering where students can interact directly with the prof and each other. 

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

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