Acting Medieval Literature (DRLIT-UA 35)
Cross-listed with MEDI-UA 868
Approaches medieval literature as works that were acted out, sung, and narrated from memory as part of a storytelling tradition. Strongly performance oriented: students draw on their dramatic and musical skills and interests to stage a medieval play, perform a substantial piece of narrative poetry, sing or play a body of medieval songs, or a similar endeavor.
Introduction to Drama and Theater (DRLIT-UA 101)
Topics include the emergence of new dramatic genres and forms, the relation between "high culture" and popular performance, the changing nature and activity of play-going, theories of character and action, the aesthetics of theatre production, the politics of representation, the globalization of theatre, and the urbanization of the performing arts, especially in New York. Eight to ten representative plays are read and discussed alongside various writing about the theatre.
Modern Drama: Topics (DRLIT-UA 113)
Content varies by semester. Students will perform a close study in a topic related to modern drama and its thematic, aesthetic, and historical attributes.
Theory of Drama (DRLIT-UA 130)
Cross-listed with ENGL-UA 130.
Explores the relationship between two kinds of theories: theories of meaning and theories of practice. Among the theories of meaning to be studied are semiotics, deconstruction, feminism, psychoanalysis, new historicism, and postmodernism. Theories of practice include naturalism, dadaism, futurism, epic theatre, theatre of cruelty, poor theatre, and environmental theatre. Foundational texts and representative plays.
Tragedy (DRLIT-UA 200)
Cross-listed with ENGL-UA 720, COLIT-UA 110.
Historical and critical study of the idea and practice of tragedy from the Greeks to the present.
Greek Drama (DRLIT-UA 210)
Cross-listed with CLASS-UA 143.
Of the ancient Greeks' many gifts to Western culture, one of the most celebrated and influential is the art of drama. We cover, through the best available translations, the masterpieces of the three great Athenian dramatists. Analysis of the place of the plays in the history of tragedy and the continuing influence they have had on serious playwrights, including those of the 20th century.
Comedies of Greece and Rome (DRLIT-UA 211)
Cross-listed with CLASS-UA 144.
Study of early comedy, its form, content, and social and historical background. Covers the Old Comedy of fifth-century Athens through the Attic New Comedy and Roman comedy. Authors include Aristophanes (11 comedies are studied, and one is staged); Euripides, whose tragedies revolutionized the form of both comedy and tragedy; Menander, whose plays were only recently discovered; and Plautus and Terence, whose works profoundly influenced comedy in Western Europe.
Shakespeare (DRLIT-UA 225)
Cross-listed with ENGL-UA 410.
A survey of Shakespeare's major plays and poems, with attention to their historical, cultural, and theatrical contexts.
Colloquium: Shakespeare (DRLIT-UA 230)
Cross-listed with ENGL-UA 415. Assumes some familiarity with Shakespeare's works. Beginning students should take DRLIT-UA 225.
Explores the richness and variety of Shakespearean drama through an emphasis on the mastery of selected major plays. Six to eight plays are read intensively and examined thoroughly in discussion.
Restoration and 18th-Century English Drama (DRLIT-UA 235)
Study of the drama written for the London stage from the restoration of the Stuart monarchy in 1660 to the Stage Licensing Act in 1737, including urban comedies and classical tragedies, closet dramas and box-office successes, propaganda pieces and broad satires. Playwrights include John Dryden, Margaret Cavendish, George Etherege, William Congreve, Susanna Centlivre, Thomas Shadwell, George Farquhar, John Gay, George Lillo, Henry Fielding, David Garrick, and Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
Modern British Drama (DRLIT-UA 245)
Cross-listed with ENGL-UA 614.
Studies in the modern drama of England and Ireland, always focusing on a specific period, a specific group of playwrights, a specific dramatic movement of theatre, or a specific topic. Among playwrights studied in different semesters are Shaw, Synge, O'Casey, Behan, Osborne, Pinter, Stoppard, Bond, Friel, Storey, Hare, Edgar, Brenton, Gems, Churchill, and Daniels.
Modern American Drama (DRLIT-UA 250)
Cross-listed with ENGL-UA 650, SCA-UA 842.
Study of the drama and theatre of America since 1900, including Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, the Group Theatre, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, David Mamet, Maria Irene Fornes, and David Henry Hwang.
Major Playwrights (DRLIT-UA 254)
Cross-listed with ENGL-UA 652, THEA-UT 618.
Content varies by semester. Focuses on two or three related playwrights: for example, Brecht and Shaw, Chekhov and Williams, Churchill and Bond, Beckett and Pinter, Strindberg and O'Neill. In-depth study of their writings, their theories, and the production histories of their plays in relation to biographical, cultural, political, and aesthetic contexts.
African American Drama (DRLIT-UA 255)
Cross-listed with ENGL-UA 652, THEA-UT 618.
Ranges from early minstrelsy to turn-of-the-century muscial extravaganzas; from Harlem Renaissance folk plays to realistic drama of the 1950s; from the militant protest drama of the 1960s to the historical and experimental works of the present. Considers sociohistorical context and issues of race, gender, and class; of oppression and empowerment; and of marginality and assimilation. Playwrights include Langston Hughes, Alice Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Kennedy, Charles Fuller, George C. Wolfe, Ntozake Shange, August Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Anna Deavere Smith.
Asian American Theatre (DRLIT-UA 256)
Cross-listed with THEA-UT 606.
Places plays in their historical and theoretical context and considers how Asian American drama and performance intersect with Asian American consciousness and experience. Works include Genny Lim's Paper Angels and Chay Yew's A Language of Their Own. Orientalism, media representation, and theories of genealogy inform the discussion.
Political Theatre (DRLIT-UA 258)
Cross-listed with THEA-UT 622.
Socially engaged theatre exemplifying performance as a site of resistance, social critique, and utopianism. Content may vary by semester, from an examination of activist forms including agit-prop, pageantry, epic theatre, documentary, street theatre, and women's performance art, to major theoretical perspectives and their practical translations since Brecht, including Boal and feminist and queer theory, to plays and productions by Clifford Odets, Bertolt Brecht, the Living Theatre, Bread and Puppet, Tony Kushner, Emily Mann, and others.
17th-Century English Theatre (DRLIT-UA 290)
Plays written by Shakespeare's collaborators, rivals, and followers. We meet world-conquering heroes, murderous conspirators, riotous good-fellows, and star-crossed lovers while examining the fast-changing culture of Jacobean and Carolinian England, with its new patterns of urban life, emergent notions of republican politics and personal liberty, the discovery of new worlds and new sciences, and the increasing pressures of European war, revolution, and civil war. Authors include Francis Beaumont, Richard Brome, Thomas Dekker, John Fletcher, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Philip Massinger, Thomas Middleton, John Milton, James Shirley, and John Webster.
Theatre of Latin America (DRLIT-UA 293)
Cross-listed with THEA-UT 748.
The historical reinvention of European-based theatrical forms in the Americas through their continuous interaction with non-European cultural forms in the 20th century. Topics: the significance of modernist and postmodernist dramatic forms in cultures where industrial modernity is an insecure social context; oppositional theatre in relation to the historical use (or abuse) of theatrical spectacle as a political means to control peoples; "magical realism" as a social poetics of scarcity; and postcolonial theories of culture and art (hybridity, transculturation, and the "aesthetics of hunger").
Theatre of Asia (DRLIT-UA 294)
Cross-listed with THEA-UT 744.
Content varies by semester. The influence of major aesthetic texts, such as the Natyasastra and the Kadensho, in relation to specific forms of theatre. The dramatization of religious beliefs, myths, and legends when examined in a contemporary context. Other topics may include Middle Eastern performance, Japanese theatre, traditional Asian performances on contemporary stages, religion and drama in Southeast Asia, and traditions of India.
The Avant-Garde (DRLIT-UA 295)
Cross-listed with RUSS-UA 841.
Nonliterary/multimedia theatre, performance, and dance theatre. Considers theatrical forms influenced by the theories of Artaud and the European avantgarde, as well as John Cage and visual aesthetics related to American acting, painting, collage, and environmental and conceptual art. Study of dadaist, surrealist, and futurist plays; multimedia happenings of Karpov, Oldenberg, and Whitman; conceptual self-works and solos of Vito Acconci, Karen Finley, Spalding Gray, and Diamanda Galas; and the work of avant-gardists such as Richard Foreman, Robert Wilson, Meredith Monk, Ping Chong, Mabou Mines, LeCompte's Wooster Group, and Pina Bausch.
Musical Theatre (DRLIT-UA 296)
A survey of American musical theatre, with an emphasis on its significant and unique contribution to US popular culture. Through audio and video recordings, slides, demonstrations, and visits to live performances, the course traces the musical’s relation to 19th century popular entertainments such as minstrelsy, vaudeville, and burlesque, as well as its relation to popular song and dance forms throughout the 20th century to the present day.
Drama in Performance in New York (DRLIT-UA 300)
Cross-listed with ENGL-UA 132.
Combines the study of drama as literary text with the study of theatre as its three-dimensional translation, both theoretically and practically. Drawing on the rich theatrical resources of New York City, students see approximately 12 plays, covering classical to contemporary and traditional to experimental theatre. Readings include plays and essays in theory and criticism.
Topics in Performance Studies (DRLIT-UA 301)
Cross-listed with THEA-UT 650.
Content varies by semester. Uses key theoretical concepts from the field of performance studies to examine a diverse range of performance practices. Topics include ritual studies, interculturalism, tourist performances, discourses of stardom, theatre anthropology, and documentary performances.