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Course Description

Drawing on a selection of plays spanning from ancient Greece to the mid-17th century, this course provides both a broad survey of dramatic literature, as well as the opportunity to explore key dramatic and theatrical concepts in greater depth. We will repeatedly return to the age-old genres of comedy and tragedy in order to understand how plays over time and across cultures employ and develop a variety of literary and theatrical devices.  With these genres in mind, a variety of approaches will be chosen to suit each week’s material, including the study of form, theme, theatrical devices, dramatic theory, cultural/historical context, and the plays’ relationship to audience. Class meetings will combine lectures with small and large group discussions, video clips, live performances, and group activities. Assignments are designed foster creative thinking, to draw connections between drama and theatre, to exlore the relationship between theatre and society, and to help develop research skills.


Course Goals: Students can expect to…

  • Become acquainted with selected plays and key issues in dramatic literature
  • Develop a vocabulary for discussing dramatic texts
  • Cultivate an understanding of the relationship between text and performance
  • Explore the critical relationship between theatre and society
  • Deepen skills in research, writing, oral communication and critical thinking
  • Broaden knowledge of drama and theatre, which will a) prepare you for future exploration in the area, and/or b) impress your friends, because you know about the Greeks AND Romans AND the Medieval period AND, AND…



Course Instructor: Natalie Harrower
Office: Carruthers 307
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30-4:00pm; Wednesday 4:00-5:30pm
Email: harrower@queensu.ca
Class Meetings Monday 4:00-5:30pm; Wednesday 2:30-4:00pm
Location: Theo 102
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