DRAMA 582 A: Analysis of Dramatic Texts

M 2:30pm - 4:50pm / HUT 150
W 3:00pm - 4:50pm / HUT 150
Stefka Mihaylova
Stefka Mihaylova

Syllabus Description:

Advanced Critical Theory

Winter 2020

This course surveys the major critical theories that have informed drama and performance criticism throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. In each unit, we will read foundational critical texts as well as more recent elaborations. For example, for the unit on semiotics, we will read foundational texts on theatre semiotics, as well as Ric Knowles’s 2004 Reading the Material Theatre. This course pursues two objectives: (1) to enhance PhD students’ understanding of critical theory and their ability to use it in their own research; and (2) to make PhD students competent teachers of undergraduate classes in critical theory.

Please buy or borrow the following books:

Peter Barry, Beginning Theory, 3rd edition

Janet Halley, Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism

Robert Sokolowski, Introduction to Phenomenology

Shannon Jackson, Professing Performance

Catherine Clement, The Lives and Legends of Jacques Lacan



Athol Fugard, Statements

Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Bezhti

Pearl Cleage, A Song for Coretta

Wole Soyinka, Death and the King’s Horseman

David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly

Catalog Description: 
Analytic approaches to dramatic materials, concentrating on semiotics, Marxism, feminism, or a related critical theory.
Last updated: 
October 10, 2019 - 10:20pm