Introduction to Dramatic Literature

ENG-2260 (3.00 credits)

This course is an introduction to dramatic literature and its development in the European tradition. Starting with Ancient Greece and moving forward to the present day, this course surveys the theatre of the Ancient Classics through to the movements of the modern and postmodern stage. Plays are read both as literary works that establish meaning independent of production and as works meant for theatrical production. In consideration of the latter, the history of each play's production is examined, along with the social contexts in which each play first appeared. Consideration is also given to how each play fits into the major genres of drama and how each uses or misuses the traditional elements of drama. Film versions and live productions of various plays supplement the student's understanding and experience of the plays discussed in class. Not available for supplemental.

Instruction (3)

Equivalent to ENG-260.