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THE 252 – History II:17th - 21st Century

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: A study of historical context, theatrical conventions, and dramas representative of the restoration, sentimental neo classicism, romanticism, realism, and anti-realism to the contemporary. Prerequisite: THE 150.

Section Description: Starting in 1660 and continuing to the present moment, this class will explore how theatre technologies and media-- from set/environment design, lighting/new media design, to innovations in directing, acting, and dramaturgical styles – have made “lifelikeness,” or what are considered realistic depictions of life, appear on the stage. We will examine several movements and concepts (such as baroque, restoration theatre, racial melodrama and trans-medial performance, historical avant-garde, naturalism, Brecht & epic theatre, contemporary performance & the archive, immersiveness, liveness, performativity and reenactment) which are central to the study of theatre & history from 1660 – present. The Baroque aesthetics of the 17th century inaugurate the modern theatre. In a profound respect, the Baroque aesthetics and Enlightenment socio-political history are still paramount to understanding contemporary performance and theatrical life.

CRN: 91696

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 10/25

Days Time Location
MW 13:10 - 14:25 ROYALL TYLER THR 210

Instructor(s): Kathleen Maguire Gough

Meeting Dates: 28 Aug 2017 - 08 Dec 2017