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Fall 2004 THR F215
TR 9:45-11.15 THR 101
Studies of drama and forms of plays such as tragedy, comedy, melodrama, farce, tragic comedy. Emphasis on reading plays of the classical theatre designed to give basic knowledge of masterpieces of the world drama.

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Homework + Interactivity Must use email and Subscribe to Dramatic Literature Forum Plays and Chapters must be read in advance!

There are four (4) major grades: Test 1 and 2, Midterm (3-5 pp. min), the Final Paper (6-10 pp. min). You have to have them all done. If you don't show up for your exam, you have no grade; this "no-grade" turns into "F" (in short, don't skip it).
The minor (progress) grades. "Participation" grade (how often you speak in class) and "Attendance" grade.

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The objectives of this course are to increase you understanding of the various literary periods and styles of dramatic literature. Literary, social and political issues of the periods will also be examined.


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Textbook (2005) Bedford Intro to Drama 5th Edition *

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Course Objective: To gain knowledge of the basic elements and tools a playwright uses to create a work of art and to develop awareness and appreciation of the history and ideas in the history of drama.

All students are required to attend scheduled theatre events outside of class.

GRADES: 90.5 and above = A, 80-90.4 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, 59 and below = F.
3 subject papers (2pp. each) 8 points each -- 40 points
Quizzes, participation, attendance -- 30 points
Midterm paper -- 10 points (5 pp.)
Final exam -- 20 points (10 pp.)
Total = 100 points

Textbook: The Compact Bedford Introduction to DRAMA (Lee A. Jacobus)
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Part I. Architecture of Drama

[1] Introduction. Spectator Theory. Aristotle: 6 principles. Composition (Analysis) & Exposition. Hamlet (see textbook), also read Commentaries on Shakespeare p. 273-288.

[2] Structure & Texture. Read Oedipus Rex for next week: The Greeks -- Tragedy. Plot, Character, Idea -- Hamlet discussion.

[3] Dramatic text. "Performance Text(s)": Actor and Dramatic Poet. Text & Subtext. Sophocles; comentaries. Aristotle and Idea of Tragedy.

[4] Actor's, Director's Texts and other stage languages (Light, Set, Costumes). Spectacle Texts and Dramatic Texts. Oedipus

[5] Exposition. Setting, Circumstances and Situations. Hamlet and Oedipus (use online texts).

[6] Character: 5 Ws. Inner Conflict, Contrast, Counter-Point, Dialectics. Galileo, Brecht

[7] "Action": story & plot. "Objective, Obstacles, Super-Objective and Through-line". Epic Theatre -- rejection of realism/naturalism. (See Non-Realiasm Page)

[8] Monologue and scene relations. Line-by-line analysis. Chekhov

[9] Theme Analysis: "Images and Symbols" -- basics of the structural analysis. Characters and themes. ModernismRealism as major method for the century of cinema (see Realism and Symbolism.

[10] Structure of Conflict (Climax). Strindberg, Symbolism and Psychology.

[11] First test on Dramatic Theory (in class). Selection of the title and the topic for your midterm paper. Read Ibsen. Outline of the first paper (selected topic and title submission).

[12] Oral (paper) presentations and discussions. Strindberg, Chekhov 2 & 3, Ibsen.

Part II. Evolution of Drama

[13] Periods and Styles. Brief History overview.

[14] Golden Age: Shakespeare Review. Midterm Paper due

[15] Genre Issue. Tragedy, Comedy, Drama. 12th Night. Sub-genres.

[16] Texture & Spectacle -- 20th century: Revolution in Theatre. Meyerhold

[17] High Modernity. New Thoughts and Forms. Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author


[18] Prepare for discussion of UAF Show

[19] Non-Western. Kabuki. [No-Grade-Test]

[20] Theatre, Myth & Ritual. Evolution of audience. Church & Stage.

[21] Symbolism. Strindberg and We. "The Glass Managerie": Williams & Symbolism

[22] Realism. Chekhov and American Drama. Read O'Neill ("Desire Under the Elms") What is Drama?

[23] Naturalism. Ibsen and O'Neill.

[24] Dada, Futurism, Surrealism

[25] Brecht & Epic Theatre Theory Review. Test 2

[26] Absurdism Beckett) and the Postmodern Review -- Some Beckett ("Catastrophe" in class)

[27] "Lysistrata" Discussion in class (bring your notes)

[28] Re-working the final paper drafts. 5 min. oral presentations. (See Samples and my comments). American Tragedy, Part II. Miller: Death of A Salesman

Final Exams Week: Final Paper due. Test 2

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