Introduction to Literature - Drama
Course Number: ENG 105
Transcript Title: Intro to Literature - Drama
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Enhances enjoyment of plays as literature, including tragedies and comedies; increases understanding of the conventions of drama and the theater; and encourages exploration of the diversity of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Engage, through the text, unfamiliar and diverse cultures, experiences and points of view.
- Articulate ways in which the text contributes to self-understanding.
- Recognize the text as a product of a particular culture and historical moment and its relationship to different art forms.
- Recognize the role of form and how it influences meaning by identifying the variety of stylistic choices that authors make within given forms.
- Evaluate various interpretations of a play and their validity through reading, writing and speaking, and through individual and group responses and analyze the support/evidence for a particular interpretation.
- Conduct research to find materials appropriate to use for literary analysis, using MLA conventions to document primary and secondary sources in written response to a literary text.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Acknowledge the possibility of multiple interpretations of a text; articulate various possible interpretations of a text; recognize that not all interpretations of a text are equally valid. Assessment tools may include responses to study questions; evaluation of small and full-group discussion; in-class and out-of-class writing exams and essays; and reviews of plays. Performance of scenes from plays may also be included as an assessment task.
Course Activities and Design
Lecture; Discussion; Group Work; Student Presentation
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts, and Issues
- Morality play
- Revenge tragedy
- Tragic comedy
- Comedy of manners
- Commedia dell'arte
- Aristotle's definition of tragedy
- Tragic Hero
- Classical Drama
- Elizabethan/Renaissance Drama
- Restoration Drama
- Theater of the Absurd
- Stage directions
- Blank verse
- Free verse
- Iambic pentameter
- Prose verse
- Feminist criticism
- Marxist criticism
- New criticism/formalism
- Psychoanalytic theory and criticism
Competencies and Skills
- Writing about drama.
- Understanding drama through various contexts, such as social, historical, artistic convention, intertextual, playwright's vision.
- Critical interpretation of dramatic performance on video or live theater.
- Critical reading of reviews.
- Speaking and listening reflectively.
- Small-group collaboration.