The students will be able to
• Interpret dramatic texts in relation to the historical context of their production
• Explore the role of the theatre in addressing social issues and raising public awareness
• Evaluate audience reception and critical response to theatrical events
• Trace the ideological contradictions imbedded in the dramatic text
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course approaches dramatic texts in specific historical periods examining how the theatre has often served as a touchstone for moments of political change, social restructuring, and cultural redefinition and as a way of engaging with questions of identity formation. The students will become familiar with the reflexive interaction between drama, stage, and culture and how this underlines the role of theatre as a product, an expression, and an integral constituent of its society.
Additional bibliography for study
Carlson, Marvin. Theories of the Theatre: A Historical and Critical Survey, from the Greeks to the Present. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1984.
McConachie, Bruce A. Theatre and Mind. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012.
___________________. Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2008.