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Effective: Summer 2015

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement as determined by score on the English placement test OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 125 & ESLL 249.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 2A or ENGL 42A.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Humanities Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Students will be able to employ new perspectives and skills as applied to interpreting dramatic texts for content, plot development, image interpretation, language structure, character motivation, genre as needed in an employment situation
  • Successful students will develop relevant perception, social placement and regional inspiration of plays from Ancient Egypt through Elizabethan England from both Eastern and Western cultures as they apply to historical timelines.
  • Successful students will actively apply content understanding to reflecting upon behaviors universal in human nature both past and present and will creatively apply these perspectives in employment situations.
Description -
The study of the history of theatre from its Origins in the East and West through the 17th Century. The history and development of theatre and drama are studied through reading and analyzing representative masterpieces of dramatic literature from Aeschylus to Moliere in relationship to cultural, political and social conditions of the time.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Assess the historical relevance, context and importance of different plays.
  2. Outline the historical development of theatre from the Greeks through the 17th century.
  3. Classify and differentiate the basic structures of dramatic literature.
  4. Compare and distinguish a number of plays within an historical frame of reference.
  5. Evaluate and interpret the relationship between a play as literature and a play as a living art form.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills such as listening, reasoning, analysis and criticism when reading or viewing plays
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Literary analysis of dramatic works from Ancient Egypt through the 17th Century
    1. Setting
    2. Plot
    3. Character
    4. Imagery
    5. Language structure and characteristics
    6. Cultural aesthetic and relevance
  2. Dramatic Genres
    1. Tragedy
    2. Comedy and Satire
    3. Satyr Play
    4. Morality Play
    5. Noh, Doll & Kabuki
    6. Sanskrit
    7. Peking Opera
  3. History of Dramatic Literature
    1. Greek
    2. Roman
    3. Asian (Japan, India, China)
    4. Medieval and Dark Ages
    5. Elizabethan
    6. Restoration
    7. Neoclassic
  4. Analysis of Performance and Presentation
    1. Artist and audience analysis
    2. Performance demands and characteristics
    3. Venues
    4. Social relevance and impact
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Research essays
  2. Examination
  3. In-class writings
  4. In-class participation
Representative Text(s) -
Worthen, W.B., The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama, 6th Edition, Cengage, 2011. ISBN-13: 9781428288140
Additional scripts may be used at instructor's discretion.
Aeschylus, The Oresteia
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Euripides, Medea; The Trojan Women
Aristophanes, Lysistrata
Plautus, The Manaechm
Terence, The Brothers
Kalidasa, Shakuntala
Anonymous, The Second Shepard's Play; Everyman
Chikamatsu, Love Suicides at Sonezaki
Chushingura, The Forty-Seven Samurai
Marlowe, The Lamentable Tragedy of Doctor Faustus
Shakespeare. Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest
Jonson, Volpone
Beaumont, The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Benn, The Rover
Moliere, The Misanthrope

(Students are able to purchase various new or used editions of these plays to assure economy)

When taught via Foothill Global Access: supplemental lectures, handouts, tests and assignments delivered via Email and/or Internet; feedback on tests and assignments delivered via Email and/or Internet; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, list-serves, and newsgroups.

Disciplines -
Theater Arts, English
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language of theatre.
  2. In-class reading of dramatic texts by the instructor and students followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
  3. Group presentations of major projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
  4. Individual oral presentations of play analysis followed by class discussion
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading assigned plays and supporting texts.
  2. Journal responses to readings.
  3. Written analysis of readings.
  4. Individual/Group projects.