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Final Exam

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

Level: Undergraduate
Class: 5:00 to 8:00, Wednesdays, Arts Centre 262

Instructor: Robert G. Cooper

Rationale:

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. 

Evaluation:

  • Seminar Paper 1                               20            Due as scheduled by February 25
  • Seminar Paper 2                                               Due as scheduled by April 15
  • Review                                                 20           Due March 11
  • Research Essay                                 30           Due April 22
  • Class Discussion  and Reactions    10           Weekly
  • Exam                                                    20          As scheduled                       
  • Class Schedule (subject to change with due notice)

    Week

    Content

    Brockett

    1

    Jan 14

    Course Introduction

    Review of Medieval Theatre (The Reckoning video)

    What is history? Why and how do we do it?

     

    101-104

    2

    Jan 21

    Elizabethan Theatre  
  • Norton and Sackville, Gorboduc
  • Shakespeare, King Lear
  • Shakespeare, Macbeth
  • 105-135
    3

    Jan 28

    Golden Age of Spain and France
  • Carpio and Calderon
  • Moliere, Tartuffe (video)
  • Ch16
    4

    Feb 4

    English Restoration (1660-1800)
  • Wycherly, The Country Wife (1675)
  • Congreve, All for Love (1677)
  • Ch 9,

    201-228

    5

    Feb 11

    Germany in the 1700s
  • The Mastersingers (w. Wagner?)
  • Goethe
  • Schiller
  •  

    256-269

    Ch 10

    6

    Feb 18

    Pre-Revolutionary France (to 1799)
  • Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro w/ Mozart
  • Diderot
  • Voltaire
  • Ch 8

    Ch 10

    7

    Feb 25

    Early 1800s
    • Melodrama
    • Romanticism - Voltaire (contíd)
    • France, Germany, Russia
    Ch 12-13

    278-297

     

    (Reading Week)

     

                                               REVISED SCHEDULE

    Week

    Content

    Brockett

    8

    Mar 11

    Class cancelled due to weather.

     
    9

    Mar 18

    R. Cooper

    Later 1800s  -  Reaction Questions
  • Advances in the U.S., Uncle Tomís Cabin
  • Boker, Francesca da Rimini (1855)
  • English theatre to 1900
  • European theatre
  • Latin America
  • The Pirates of Penzance, Papp video
  • Ch 14-15

    323-368

    10

    Mar 25

    Jeff Rohlman

     

    Early 20th Century  -  Reaction Questions
    • Shaw, Major Barbara (1905)
    • Coward, Private Lives (1930)
    • Priestley, An Inspector Calls (1946)
    • Williams, Night Must Fall (1935)
    • Ibsen, A Doll's House  (1879)  video
    Ch 19
    9

    Apr 1

    Chelsea Paduan

    Modern Realism to Naturalism-  Reaction Questions
    • France, Zola and Antoine
    • Germany, Hauptmann

    Dress Rehearsal You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

    Ch 16
    11

    Apr 8

    Nick Meier

    Theatre of the Absurd
    • Becket
    • Ionesco
    • Pinter
    • Others

    Student workshops: Gladly Otherwise, The Tridget of Greva

    Ch 20
    12

    Apr 15

    Mark Herbert

    Postwar Realism  Mid-century  -  Reaction Question
    • Miller, Death of a Salesman, video or The Crucible
    • Williams
    • Albee
    • Others
    Ch 21
    13

    Apr 22

    Gabby Castillo

     Twentieth century theatre from around the world
    • Japan
    • China
    • Africa,
    • Central America
    • Canada
    • Others
    • Lorca, The House of Bernarda Alba, video
    Ch 24-26
    14

    Apr 22

    Jamie Hoffman

     Broadway  -  An Overview  (video from PBS)  
     

    EXAMS

     

    Reaction Question

    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.