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DRAMA 302 A: Critical Analysis Of Theatre

Meeting Time: 
MWF 10:00am - 11:20am
HUT 154
Scott Venters
Scott Venters

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Theatre theory—or the ways we think about drama and performance—informs how we approach theatre as theatre makers and spectators. Is theatre primarily an art, designed to entertain and to help us reflect on our lives? Should theatre perpetuate or challenge established social values? Who goes to the theatre and why? How should theatre be funded?

This course teaches some major contemporary methods for analyzing drama and performance, as well as the larger philosophical assumptions underlying these methods. We will study the major theories related to how critics and practitioners have answered the questions above throughout the twentieth century and during the first decades of the twenty-first. We will talk about how each of these methods can contribute to contemporary theatre-making and spectatorship.

 By the end of the course you will

  • become acquainted with a number of approaches to drama and performance
  • learn how to read complex critical texts with understanding
  • improve your writing skills
  • improve your presentation skills
  • expand your knowledge of contemporary plays and production styles
Catalog Description: 
Analyses of plays, based on leading critical traditions. Illustrates variety of approaches to a play, criteria for choosing best approach for a given play, and ways in which criticism aids in understanding dramatic effect, for both reader and practitioner. Prerequisite: DRAMA 201. Instructors: Mihaylova
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:13pm