English 206: Studies in Drama                                                       Fall 2003

Caldwell G-106
M, W, F 1:30-2:20
Section 001
Dr. Morillo

Web syllabus: http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/m/morillo/public/206.htm

Tompkins 249; 515-4107
Office Hours= M, W, F 2:45-3:45; T 1-2pm, and by appointment
email = morillo@unity.ncsu.edu



Course Description:
This course introduces you to one of the three major genres of literature: drama. We will be reading eleven complete plays of varying length and complexity, some tragic, some comic, and some in between. The readings include plays as old as classical Greek tragedy (5th century B.C) and as recent as 1997, and they include works by British, French, American, Danish and German playwrights.  We will also read some secondary essays and writings about the plays, as well as one short book about the nature and uses of drama by David Mamet, a current American playwright. The aim is to expose you to the variety and quality of theater to help you to understand it, to begin to think critically about it, and appreciate it more fully.

Course Requirements and Grading:
Quizzes, in-class writing, preparation for and participation in class =15%
Attendance = 10%.
Midterm = 15%
One 5-page critical, argumentative paper = 15%
One creative research project = 20%
Final Exam = 25%

Percentages are figured via a percentage of a 12-pt. scale in which an A+ =12 and
an F=0 points. For example, a B+ on attendance would net you 9 x .10 or .9 points.
I then add up the percentage points for each required category to determine your grade.

Participation includes your grades on periodic quizzes, and coming to class prepared, having
done the readings and being able to talk and/or write about them intelligently.

You must complete all the required work to pass the class.  I will grade plus/minus.

Attendance: You are allowed 3 absences. If you are absent, unexcused, more than 3 times over
the course of the semester, your absences will count progressively against your final grade, as a
significant part --10%--of your final grade. I will exercise the drop policy. If you do not show up for the first two classes I can drop you from the class.

Plagiarism: Anyone convicted will receive an F for the paper, or the course at my discretion.
And yes, I have caught people in the past--just this spring, in fact, so don't be my latest catch.

Late Papers: Papers or projects received ONE class session late will be accepted but docked a full grade.
No late papers or projects accepted after one class session late.

Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus
            Box 7509, 515-7653. http://www.ncsu.edu/dss/

Academic Integrity Assumption
Universities are unique communities committed to creating and transmitting knowledge. They depend on freedom - individuals' freedom to explore ideas and to explore and further their own capabilities. Those freedoms depend on the good will and responsible behavior of all the members of the community, who must treat each other with tolerance and respect. They must allow each other to develop the full range of their capabilities and take full advantage of the institution's resources.

Required Print Texts--available now in the NCSU bookstore. Also check Adam's and Packbackers

Buy both at the start of the semester even though we read one later. Before mid semester the bookstores return unsold books!

Stages of Drama: Classical to Contemporary Theater.  Carl H. Klaus, Miriam Gilbert, and Bradford S. Field, Jr., eds. 5th ed.  Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2003. Be sure to get the 5th edition.

Mamet, David.  Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama. New York: Vintage Books, 2000.

Recommended Readings
Online Oxford English Dictionary
.    How to Use the Oxford English Dictionary Online (Morillo)
 



Always read the general introductions for periods of drama, the biography of each playwright, and the complete play.
All Pages in Stages of Drama  marked as (x-y)

W 8/20     Introduction
F 8/22      "Classical Theater" (13-20); Sophocles (biography 49-51)

M 8/25     Oedipus Rex (52-70)
W 8/27     Oedipus; Aristotle, "On the Nature and Elements of Tragedy," (1656-1662) in Stages of Drama
F 8/29      Oedipus; Aristotle

M 9/1     Labor Day, no class
W 9/3     Euripides (bio.77-79), The Bacchae (80-100)
F 9/95    The Bacchae

M 9/8      The Bacchae
W 9/10    "Renaissance English Theater" (205-210); Shakespeare (bio. 247-252), The Tragedy of Othello (290-332)
F 9/12      Othello

M 9/15    Othello
W 9/17    Othello
F 9/19      Othello  Paper due

M 9/22    "Neoclassical Theater"(399-402); Moliere (bio. 403-405), The Misanthrope (406-426)
W 9/24    The Misanthrope
F 9/26      The Misanthrope

M 9/29    Sheridan (bio. 477-479), The School for Scandal
W 10/1    The School for Scandal; Goldsmith, "A Comparison Between Sentimental and Laughing Comedy" (1664-6)
F 103       The School for Scandal

M 10/6    Sheridan, The School for Scandal
W 10/8    Midterm Exam
F 10/10    Fall Break, no class

M 10/13    "Modern Theater" (521-528); Ibsen (bio.547-549), A Doll's House (550-579)
W 10/15    A Doll's House; Shaw, "The Technical Novelty in Ibsen's Plays" (1673-1678)
F 10/17     A Doll's House

M 10/20    Wilde (bio.613-616), The Importance of Being Earnest (617-641)
W 10/22    The Importance of Being Earnest
F 10/24      The Importance of Being Earnest

M 10/27      Miller (bio. 865-867); Death of a Salesman (868-905)
W 10/29      Death of a Salesman; Miller, "Tragedy and the Common Man" (1690-1692)
F 10/31       Death of a Salesman

M 11/3       Brecht  (bio. 833-835),  Galileo; Brecht, "Theatre for Pleasure or Theatre for Instruction" (1683-1686)
W 11/5       Galileo
F 11/7         Galileo

M 11/10    "Contemporary Theater" (961-966); Mamet (bio.1449-1451), Oleanna
W 11/12     Oleanna
F 11/14      Oleanna

M 11/17    Vogel (bio. (1589-1591), How I Learned to Drive (1592-1613)
W 11/19     How I Learned to Drive
F 11/21      How I Learned to Drive

M 11/24    Project due
W 11/26    No class, Thanksgiving
F 11/28      No class, Thanksgiving

M 12/1    Norman, "Ten Golden Rules for Playwrights" (1696-1697); Mamet, Three Uses of the Knife (paperback, not in Stages of Drama)
W 12/3
F 12/5

M 12/8 FINAL EXAM. 1pm - 4pm
 

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