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Theatre History I
THEATRE HIST I
CLASS CODE: TA 401 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
DEPARTMENT: THEATRE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: The first half of theatre history: the origins of theatre, Greek, Roman, Medieval, Italian Renaissance, Spanish, Elizabethan and Asian.
An exploration of what in the past (during the times and places specified) has made theatre what it is today.
TAUGHT: Winter 2005
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Primitive forms of theatre, Greek theatre and the influence of Aristotle, Roman theatre, Medieval theatre and the church, Renaissance theatre on the European continent, English theatre in the renaissance and Shakespeare, and Asian theatre.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Develop the ability to understand the history of movements, thought, actions, writing and individuals as related to the theatre arts from the beginnings of the theatre to the Renaissance.
Develop the ability to analyze historical documents and create a criteria for understanding what constitutes high-quality dramatic history, theory and literature.
REQUIREMENTS: Study of the development of theatre in each historical period.
Study of the dramatic literature and production theory in each historical period.
Read and report on at least one play from each time period or style.
Participate in at least one discussion panel. See all the departmental theatre productions of the semester and write a report for each.
Write two research papers on subjects drawn from the information discussed this semester.
PREREQUISITES: TA 116: Dramatic structure and analysis.
OTHER: TA 401 is required for students with an emphasis in Theatre.
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001