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
Language of Instruction
Objectives of the Course
The course focuses on selected examples from the ancient Greek drama to the modern European, British and American drama. The students investigate how the selected works reflect the philosophical and ideological thought of the time wherein the texts are produced. The course aims to improve their skills in analyzing the scripts from a variety of perspectives.
Name of Lecturer(s)
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
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
CLASSICAL TRAGEDY AND COMEDY *Agamemnon by Aeschylus. MEDIEVAL DRAMA *Everyman RENAISSANCE AND ELIZABETHAN THEATRE *King Lear by Shakespeare FRENCH NEO-CLASSICISM, RESTORATION PERIOD *The Miser by Moliere ROMANTICISM *Faust (Part I) by Goethe NATURALISM AND SYMBOLISM: EARLY MODERNIST PRACTICE *Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw *The Family Reunion by T.S. Eliot *The Cherry Orchard by Chekov *Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by T. Williams THE HISTORICAL AVANT-GARDE (The Theatre of the Absurd) *Endgame by Beckett *The Room by Pinter.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
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
ESSAYS ON DRAMA (in Theatre in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology) 1. Henri Bergson 2. Maurice Maeterlink 3. William B. Yeats NATURALISM AND SYMBOLISM 4. G.B. Shaw 5. F.T. Marinetti 6. L. Pirandello 7. B. Brecht 8. E. O’Neill EARLY POLITICAL THEATRES 9. Walter Benjamin 10. A. Miller 11. T.S. Eliot NATURALISM AND SYMBOLISM: EARLY MODERNIST PRACTICE 12. T. Williams 13. F. Dürrenmatt 14. E. Ionesco 15. J.P. Sartre THE HISTORICAL AVANT-GARDE 16. M. Esslin 17. G. Steiner 18. R. Barthes 19. J. Derrida 20. R. Williams 21. Peter Brook CONTEMPORARY DRAMA 22. J. Butler 23. Erika Fisher-Lichte 24. H. Blau 25. M. More. THEORETICAL READING: Books: *George Steiner. The Death of Tragedy. pp. 284-332. *George Steiner. Antigones. 1996. *David Krasner. Ed. Theatre in Theory (1900-2000). An Anthology. *John Russell Brown. The Oxford Illustrated History of the Theatre. *Terry Eagleton. Sweet Violence. Chapter III: “From Hegel to Beckett” and Chapter VIII: “Tragedy and Modernity”.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the sections of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation".
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Final Examination11010
Attending Lectures15345
Problem Solving12020
Writing Paper12020
Self Study81080
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO134  4      
LO25 4  5     
LO3         4 
LO4 5 4   54  
LO5 5 35 5    
LO64 5  4   5 
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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