DRAMA 302 A: Critical Analysis of Theatre

Meeting Time: 
MWF 11:30am - 12:50pm
HUT 130
Stefka Mihaylova
Stefka Mihaylova

Syllabus Description:

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 how critics and practitioners have answered the questions above throughout the twentieth century and during the first decade of the twenty-first. We will talk about how each of these methods can contribute to contemporary theatre-making and spectatorship.

Previously students from majors as diverse as finance, engineering and biology have successfully taken this course. Non-major s who have not taken the prerequisite should contact emboyle@uw.edu for registration help.

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: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:13pm