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|THEA 252 - History Drama and Theatre II|
The study of the historical and esthetic drama and
theatre from the Renaissance to current theatre and drama. Prerequisite:
ENGL110. (3,0) 3
Instructor: Robert G. Cooper
This is part II of a theatre course which surveys historical and aesthetic drama and theatre from the Renaissance to current theatre and drama. It is of necessity, therefore, not an intensive study of a single period, genre of theatre, or author. That is the responsibility of other courses.
However, because this is a history of theatre and drama and because students will have different interests in theatre, some effort will be made to encourage students to develop an awareness of and interest in the general body of the theory of historical study as it pertains to theatre and dramatic presentations and literature. Our purpose to to foster in our students the ability to discuss theatre from an historical perspective, and to explore ways in which theatre fits into the intellectual, sociological, political, psychological, etc. development of history and the human race.
So, students will be required to come to their own terms of understanding of unique pieces of theatre and theatrical movements, to develop their own frameworks for that understanding, and to engage in a dialogue with their colleagues as they come to terms with and explain their understanding.
Class Schedule (subject to change with due notice)
Review of Medieval Theatre (The Reckoning video)
What is history? Why and how do we do it?
|Golden Age of Spain and
|Germany in the 1700s
Class cancelled due to weather.
|Later 1800s -
|Early 20th Century
|Modern Realism to
Dress Rehearsal You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
|Theatre of the Absurd
Student workshops: Gladly Otherwise, The Tridget of Greva
Mid-century - Reaction Question
| Twentieth century
theatre from around the world
|Broadway - An Overview (video from PBS)|
For Week 13 - April 15, 2009 (Due April 22)
Select any play written and produced between 1945 and 1968, and, giving evidence from the play, show how it is related to or representative of the era in which it was produced.