Early Modern French Theater in Performance|
Spring 2017 not offered
In this advanced seminar, we will study French-language theater from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, with a focus on the tensions between theory and practice. We will read tragedies, comedies, and tragicomedies alongside and against various poetic treatises, keeping in mind the practical constraints and conditions of performance during this time. We will also consider contemporary stagings of these plays. The semester will culminate in a public performance of an early modern play. Readings, written assignments, and discussion will be in French.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FRST-MN)(FRST)(THEA)
Plays and theoretical writings by the abbé d'Aubignac, Jean Chapelain, Pierre Corneille, Denis Diderot, Robert Garnier, Pierre de Marivaux, Molière, Jean Racine, and Voltaire.
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Students will post/share weekly reaction papers on Moodle, write several short papers followed by one-on-one tutorials, give an oral presentation, and complete a final research paper. Besides the assigned primary and secondary readings, we will also visit Olin's Special Collections and the Davison Art Center. The course will culminate in the performance of the students' work at the end of the semester.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course will be divided intro two components: the first two-thirds will be devoted to studying the core texts; the last third will be devoted to rehearsal. Students may be required to attend extra rehearsal outside of class. Students will be graded on their active class participation, their progress and artistic growth, their performance and scene study work, and on their writing assignments.
While any student who has completed FREN215 (with a minimum grade of B) or has placed out of FREN215 through the placement test may sign up for this course, it is an advanced course intended for students who have already taken two courses in French beyond 215 or already studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in French.
Only COL students may take this course CR/U. All others must take it for a letter grade. Students who are not admitted to the course through pre-registration are strongly encouraged to submit an enrollment request and attend the first class.
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