The objective is to examine the traditions of theater—primarily Western—from its origins to the English Restoration, within the context of wider cultural and political developments.
The class focuses on the relationship of these dramatic traditions to current issues such as gender, race, power, and identity, as well as theater as a vital expression of universal human empathy.
The main units covered are:
- Origins: Ritual, Ceremony, & Performance
- Greek Tragedy and Old Comedy
- Japanese Kabuki and Noh drama
- Medieval religious drama
- Renaissance Italy
- Shakespeare’s Globe
- Moliere and Neoclassicism
- Restoration Comedy