Dramatic Imagination

Michaela A. O'Toole, Dramatic Imagination, Spring 2015

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the major dramatic forms and compares the ways playwrights from several centuries use ideas, characters, and theatrical contexts. Students will consider how social, historical, and dramatic contexts influence interpretations and evaluation—or may lead to alternative understandings of a play.

Required Texts:

1. Albee, Edward. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ISBN-13: 978-0451218599
2. Chekhov, Anton. The Complete Plays ISBN-13: 978-0393330694
3. Beckett, Samuel. Endgame and Act Without Words. ISBN-13: 978-0802144393
4. Dorfman, Ariel. Death and the Maiden ISBN-13: 978-0140246841
5. Ibsen, Henrik. Four Major Plays: Doll’s House; Ghosts; Hedda Gabler; and The Master Builder ISBN-13: 978-0199536191
6. Lorca, Federico Garcia. Three Tragedies: Blood Wedding, Yerma, Bernarda Alba ISBN-13: 978-0811200929
7. Rostand, Edmund. Cyrano de Bergerac ISBN-13: 978-1557832306
8. Shakespeare, William. Henry V ISBN-13: 978-0743484879

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Patty S. Derrick, Dramatic Imagination, Fall 2012

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the major dramatic forms and compares the ways playwrights from several centuries use ideas, characters, and theatrical contexts. Students will consider how social, historical, and dramatic contexts influence interpretations and evaluation—or may lead to alternative understandings of a play.

Required Texts:

1) Henrik Ibsen, Four Major Plays
2) Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac
3) Federico Garcia Lorca, Three Tragedies
4) Manuel Puig, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Other Plays
5) Ariel Dorfman, Death and the Maiden
6) Peter Shaffer, Equus

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