This course will introduce the student to English drama. We will read three plays from different historical periods and explore the development of the genre. We will read plays by Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Arthur Miller and Susan Glaspell.
The aim of the course is to familiarize the student with important works of drama written in English in different historical periods. The student will be be introduced to different dramatic elements such as prologue, epilogue and monolgue, dramatic irony and the tension between stage and page, text and performance. The aim of the course includes the exposure to Shakespearean English and tools with which to understand and interpret it. .
In this course we will read three English plays written in different historical periods.
Susan Glaspell, *Trifles*
Anton Chekhov, *The Bear*
Arthur Miller, *The Crucible*
William Shakespeare, *Romeo and Juliet*
We will also view *Romeo and Juliet* in France Zefirelli's screen adaptation.
The lessons will be based on lectures and class discussions. There will be a take-home assignment and a final exam.
The student is required to attend the lessons, to read the assignments in the course booklet in advance of the lesson and to participate in class discussions.
The final grade will be determined as follows:
50% - final exam
40% midterm assignment
10% - attendance and participation