Course Description for History of Drama and Theater I

THE3110: History of Drama and Theater I

Description: In this survey of Western drama, students will read and analyze selected tragedies and comedies from the Greek, Medieval, Early Modern, and Restoration periods. Students will reflect on: the religious, social, commercial, and political function of the theater and of drama throughout these periods; the movement toward a more secularized theater; the developments in the architecture of theaters and their implications for acting and audience expectations; the process of institutionalizing the theater with the construction of purpose-built theaters and the formation of acting companies made up of professional actors.