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304 - Drama and Theatre

Credits: 
3
Writing Intensive (WI): 
No
Prerequisite or Requirement: 
None
General Education: 
Yes
Perspectives: 
Artistic
Class Description: 
From Oedipus Rex to Hamlet dramatic characters have come to represent human archetypes for millennia. Drama captures both current sociological trends and the universal everyman. In this course students will explore the literary elements that comprise the genre of Drama. Drama is the only literary art that requires an extra step to come to full expression. Playwrights, unlike the novelists or poets, create their work to be performed by others. In this course, students will read a selection of plays and discuss questions of historical relevance, reception, and ask why this form of literature has been so enduring and socially potent.