Students will be introduced to linguistic theory, critical historiography, and ecocriticism, as well as to great works of dramatic literature. They will synthesize these by practicing theory and theorizing practice.
Using a variety of methods-reading, writing, discussion, film viewing and performance-students will investigate how the presentation itself represents in each of its manifestations a specific way of thinking about/looking at the material world.
Students will analyze 10-15 great works of literature (both plays and philosophical essays) in written responses that are guided by prompts provided by the instructor.
Students will compose an 8-10 page critical analysis of a work of theatre, film, or other media, to either enrich or problematize both their reading of the theory and the work.
Theory in Performance
Students will stage a 10-15 minute scene from one of the plays that we will read, in an effort to apply to performance the theories we are learning.