Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Curchack, Fred
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6303 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Essential Plays

Description of Course:

We will read and watch videos of some of the world’s most beloved masterpieces of dramatic literature. The class will explore methods of analyzing and interpreting plays for theatrical production, as literature, and for deeper understanding and enjoyment as readers, scholars and spectators.

Classes will include lectures, discussions, readings and videos. Simple exercises will examine the challenges of staging and performing plays. No acting experience is required and performing is optional.

In response to the plays, students may either write scholarly papers or do creative projects in the medium of their choice. Final projects may be either scholarly papers or creative projects (i.e. creative writing, theater, music, dance, video, visual art).

Required Texts:

Plays studied may include:
Euripides - Bakkhai
Sophocles - Oedipus Rex
Shakespeare - Hamlet
Japanese Noh Plays - Kantan, Sotoba Komachi, Shunkan, Hagoromo
Chekhov - The Seagull, Uncle Vanya
Yeats - Purgatory, The Cat and the Moon, At the Hawk’s Well, The Only Jealousy of Emer, The Death of Cuchulain
Brecht - The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage and Her Children
Beckett - Waiting for Godot, Endgame
Ionesco - Rhinoceros
Stoppard - Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Shepard - True West

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Readings; class participation; short papers or creative projects; final project or research paper; attendance.

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