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Special Topics in Theater History
THEA 203
Fall 2018
Section: 01  

This class will serve as an introduction to theatricality, performance studies methods, and aesthetic theories. Over the course of the semester, we will explore theater and performance practices from Sophocles' Oedipus the King to Aphra Behn's The Rover. We will analyze plays from Classical Greece to the English Reformation as we examine traditional conceptions of the theatrical. Given the complex and varied roles theater has played during these time periods, we will begin by placing pressure on the terms "theater" and "history." We will pay particular attention to the intersections between theater history, dramatic literature and cultural performance as we trace key moments in theatrical development. Readings will be organized geographically and diachronically, giving us a mobile and flexible account of theater, theory, and practice across a variety of cultures. At the end of this course, students will be familiar with milestones in theater history; be able to write a critical and descriptive performance paper; demonstrate a knowledge of critical performance and aesthetic theories; use performance as research methodology.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA THEA
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (THEA)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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