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Effective: Summer 2013

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 25 & ESLL 249.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in DRAM 2B or ENGL 42B.
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 Moliere to presetn day 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 the Restoration through current trends. The history and development of theatre and drama are studied through reading and analyzing representative masterpieces of dramatic literature from the 17th Century to the present day in relationship to the 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 17th century through the modern period.
  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 and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Literary analysis of dramatic works from 17th century through the modern period
    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. Well-made play
    4. Romantic Epic
    5. Emergence of avante-garde forms
  3. History of Dramatic Literature
    1. French Renaissance
    2. Restoration Drama
    3. Neo-classic and Romantic
    4. Melodrama
5.Modern Realism
  • The rise of "isms" in art--Theatricalism, Expressionism, Surrealism
  • Brecht and alienation
  • Theatre of the Absurd
  • Modern dramatic forms since Wold War II
  • World theatre forms and theatrical integration
  • 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. Participation
    Representative Text(s) -
    Machiavelli - The Mandrake
    Webster, John - The Duchess of Malfi
    de la Barca, Pedro Calderon - Life is a Dream
    Racine, Jean - Phaedre
    Moliere - Tartuffe
    Behn, Aphra - The Rover
    de la Cruz, Sor Juana Ines - The Divine Narcissus
    Wycherly, William - The Country Wife
    Sheridan, Richard Brinsley - The School for Scandal
    Hugo, Victor - Hernani
    van Goethe, Johan Wolfgang - Faust
    Ibsen, Henrik - Ghosts; A Doll's House
    Wilde, Oscar - The Importance of Being Earnest
    Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard
    Strindberg, August - Miss Julie
    Shaw, George Bernard - Major Barbara
    Rice, Elmer - The Adding Machine
    Piriandello, Luigi - Six Characters in Search of an Author
    Albee, Edward - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Goat
    Anouilh, Jean - Antigone
    Baraka, Amiri - Dutchman
    Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot, Endgame
    Brecht, Bertold - Mother Courage
    Fornes, Maria-Irena - Fefu and Her Friends
    Hellman, Lillian - The Children's Hour
    Hwang, David Henry - M Butterfly
    Kaufman, George S & Hart, Moss - You Can't Take it With You
    Kushner, Tony - Angels in America, Part I: Millenium Approaches
    Letts, Tracy - August Osage County
    Miller, Arthur - Death of a Salesman, All My Sons
    Osborne, John - Look Back in Anger
    O'Neill, Euguene - Long Days Journey Into Night
    Parks, Susan-Lori ‚ƒ́ Top Dog, Underdog
    Williams, Tennessee - A Streetcar Named Desire
    Wilson, August - Fences, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    (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
    Method of Instruction -
    1. Lecture
    2. Discussion
    3. Cooperative learning exercises
    4. Oral presentations
    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 project.