Playing in the Theater Archive: An Introduction to Theater and Performance Studies|
Spring 2020 not offered
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 Young Jean Lee's "The Shipment." We will analyze plays and performances as we examine classical and contemporary conceptions of the theatrical. Given the complex and varied roles theater has played throughout history, 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, cultural performance, and the role of the theater archive as we explore 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 touchstones in theater history; be able to write a critical and descriptive performance paper; demonstrate a knowledge of critical performance and aesthetic theories; and use performance as research methodology.
This counts as a Theater Methods course for the theater major.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (THEA)
Selected plays will include, but not be limited to, the works of Euripides, Molière, Lope de Vega, Racine, Shakespeare, and Marlowe.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Includes group and individual presentations, online posts, short papers, and a research proposal paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
THEA 203 & THEA 302 (Contemporary Theater: Theories & Aesthetics) are required courses for Theater majors.