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Theater Arts (TA)
216 VIllard, 541-346-4171
College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  TA 367   History of Theater I >1 4.00 cr.
Development of the theater from its origins to the present. Emphasizes the history of dramatic literature, criticism, theater architecture, design, and performance.
Grading Options: Optional; see degree guide or catalog for degree requirements
Instructor: Najjar ME-mailHomepage Office:   209 Villard Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-2237
Office Hours: 1000 - 1100 MW Villard 209
Course Materials
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  15903 15 49 1200-1320 mwf 300 VIL Najjar M  

Final Exam:

1015-1215 r 12/09 300 VIL
Academic Deadlines
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October 24:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 14:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
November 14:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
A survey of classical western theatre's development from the origins of drama in ancient Greece through to Renaissance literature and stagecraft. As theatre is an artform directly invested in and reflective of its cultural moment, including trends in all other art forms, faiths and philosophies, politics and economic conditions, this survey includes not only study of plays and shifts in theatrical conventions but how these relate to broader cultural characteristics of the three main classical periods: the Greco-Roman, the Medieval, and Renaissance. Key questions guiding lectures, discussion, and readings for all three periods are: How does theatre as function politically, both as social mediator and in the literal uses of stagecraft as statecraft?

What is the relationship in western classical theatre to exercise and questions of faith? What are the different aesthetic concerns in the making of theatre which might reflect larger cultural beliefs regarding beauty and the abject? Students are encouraged throughout the term to recognize inherited assumptions and questions which emerge from studying western theatre's classical periods , most especially the formation of "woman," shifting views of the body and the erotic, ideas of identity and community, in different theatrical practices and texts. Plays studied for this course change annually, but in the past have included works by Sophocles, Euripedes, Aristophanes, Plautus, Machiavelli, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Calderon.

Students take a variety of quizzes in class on their weekly readings, one mid-term and one final examination. The main writing project involves interdisciplinary exercise of the kinds of research dramaturgs, directors, and designers do in developing background and perspectives for production of classical plays.

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