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Fall 2018-2019
* ENG 207 (LA)   na, npdf

Reading Literature: Drama

Michael W. Cadden

This course is designed to teach students how to read plays as literature written for performance. Key assumptions are that every act of reading is an act of interpretation, that a good reader of dramatic literature engages in an activity nearly identical to that of a good director or actor or designer, and that a reader might learn from theater practitioners how to make critical choices based on close reading and a knowledge of theatre history.

Sample reading list:
Kushner, Angels in America
Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children
Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
Wilson, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
Ibsen, Hedda Gabler
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
One play per week, some video viewing - weekly short responses to reading (250-300 words), two 6-8 page essays. Estimated total number of pages students are expected to read each week: 100-150 pgs.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other information:
First-Year students welcome. Prospective concentrators should take this course or ENG 205, or ENG 206, 208, 209, and ENG 200. Some on-campus theatre going will be required.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20503 L01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm M W        Enrolled:25 Limit:39
20504 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
20505 P02 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
23568 P03 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:2 Limit:13