Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9201165312015Studies in Drama ICompulsory117
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course is designed to examine British Theatre between the years 1890-1940. Emphases are on Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw. In the light of contemporary developments in critical theory, selected works from Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw are analyzed in order to relate text and context.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Yrd. Doç. Dr. Aylin Atilla
Learning Outcomes
12-.distinguish literary characteristics of the texts.
25-.evaluate the plays in terms of different viewpoints and critical methods
33-recognize the historical and the cultural background of the texts.
4write a critical essay after a research for a problem related to the topics.
54-understand the historical, political and cultural values and dynamics of the century in which the texts were produced
6Students will be able to: 1.know contemporary British plays in terms of style and manner.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
This course is designed to examine British Theatre between the years 1890-1940. Emphases are on Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw. In the light of contemporary developments in critical theory, selected works from Oscar Wilde and Bernard Shaw are analyzed in order to relate text and context.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to the course Reading and Discussion
2CLASSICAL TRAGEDY AND COMEDY Background: Dionysian Festivity Tragedy: Conventions and staging. Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides Comedy: Aristophanes. *Agamemnon by Aeschylus “A show for Dionysus” (in The Cambridge Companion) “Aristotle’s Poetics and Ancient dramatic theory” (in The Cambridge Companion) “Ancient theatre and Performance culture” (in The Cambridge Companion) Reading and Discussion
3MEDIEVAL DRAMA Historical and Social Background. Morality, miracle, mystery plays. *Everyman Commedia dell Arte. “Tragedy” (in The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics) “Humor” (in The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics) Reading and Discussion
4RENAISSANCE AND ELIZABETHAN THEATRE Historical and Social Background Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson *King Lear by Shakespeare x 2 Reading and Discussion
5FRENCH NEO-CLASSICISM, RESTORATION PERIOD Historical and Social Background Corneille, Moliere, Racine *The Miser by Moliere Reading and Discussion
6ROMANTICISM Historical and Social Background, the French influence. German Strom and Stress Period Goethe, Schiller *Faust (Part I) by Goethe, (in The Norton Anthology of Drama) Reading and Discussion
7NATURALISM AND SYMBOLISM: EARLY MODERNIST PRACTICE Historical and Social Background Ibsen, Strindberg, Shaw, Zola, Chekov, Stanislavsky. * Hedda Gabler by Ibsen “Ibsen and the Realistic Problem Drama” (in The Cambridge Companion) Reading and Discussion
8Midterm exam Midterm exam
9*The Family Reunion by T.S. Eliot Reading and Discussion
10*The Cherry Orchard by ChekovReading and Discussion
11*Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by T. Williams Reading and Discussion
12THE HISTORICAL AVANT-GARDE (The Theatre of the Absurd) Introduction: The Absurd, Theatre of Cruelty *Endgame by Beckett “Waiting for Godot and Endgame: Theatre as Text” (in The Cambridge Companion) Reading and Discussion
13*The Room by Pinter. “The Sacred Joke: Comedy and Politics in Pinter’s Early Plays” (in The Cambridge Companion)Reading and Discussion
14General discussionReading and Discussion
15Student presentationPresentation and discussion
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Powell, Kerry. Oscar Wilde and the Theatre of the 1890s. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990. Ellman, Richard. Oscar Wilde. NY: Wintage,1988. Gillespie, Michael. Oscar Wilde and the Poetics of Ambiguity. Gainsville: UP of Florida, 1996. Kaufmann, R.J. G:B. Shaw: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1965. Innes, Christopher. The Cambridge Companion to G.B. Shaw. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998. Bloom, Harold. G. B. Shaw. NY: Chelsea House Publishes, 1999. Davis, Trace. G.B. Shaw and the Socialist Theatre. Greenwood P. 1994. Reguested or Recommended Reading List *George Steiner. The Death of Tragedy. pp. 284-332. *Cristopher McCullough. “The Good Person of Szechwan”. pp. 118-131.from The Cambridge Companion to Brecht. *Bjorn Hemmer. “Ibsen and the Realistic Problem Drama”. pp.68-88. from The Cambridge Companion to Ibsen. *Gail Finney. “Ibsen and Feminism”. pp. 89-105. from The Cambridge Companion to Ibsen. *Terry Eagleton. Sweet Violence. Chapter III: “From Hegel to Beckett” and Chapter VIII: “Tragedy and Modernity”. *Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights. *The Oxford Illustrated History of the Theatre. ESSAYS ON DRAMA (from Theatre in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology) *August Strindberg , Henri Bergson, William B. Yeats , G.B. Shaw,L .Pirandello , B. Brecht , E. O’Neill, Walter Benjamin, A. Miller, T.S. Eliot , T. Williams, E. Ionesco, J.P. Sartre , M. Esslin, G. Steiner, R. Barthes. *John Russell Brown. “Modern Theatre”: pp.341-379. And “Theater After Two World Wars”. Block, Haskell, M. And Shedd, Robert, G. eds. (1962) Masters of Modern Drama, New York: Random House. Raby, Peter, ed. (1997) The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde, Cambridge University Press. Holland, Merlin, ed. (1999) The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, London: Collins. Pilling, John, ed. (1994) The Cambridge Companion to Beckett, Cambridge University Press. Aston, Elaine and Reinelt, Janelle, eds. (2000) The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights, Cambridge University Press.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Final Examination11010
Attending Lectures15345
Problem Solving12020
Discussion6212
Writing Paper12020
Self Study81080
Reading8324
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)211
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