English (ENGL) 303
A History of Drama Part I: Early Stages (Revision 3)
Revision 3 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version
Delivery Mode: Individualized study
Area of Study: Humanities
Precluded Course: ENGL 300. (ENGL 303 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ENGL 300.)
ENGL 303 has a Challenge for Credit option.
This course traces the history of Western theatre from its Greek origins to the beginning of the eighteenth century in England and France, with specific references to the plays in a core anthology, The Harcourt Brace Anthology of Drama.
It provides an analysis of individual plays as theatre and as literature, and includes brief background notes on the authors and on the significance of the plays in the context of Western theatre. It traces the common elements of drama from ritualistic and ceremonial dance and song, through the liturgical drama of the Middle Ages, English Renaissance tragedy and tragi-comedy, French neo-classical comedy and tragedy, and the social comedy of the Restoration. It also shows the development of the theatre as a physical structure, from the early Greek open air amphitheatres to the modified tennis courts in London, investigating the relationship of the physical theatre and the structure and style of the drama.
Act I — The Golden Age: Tragedy and Comedy in Athens
Act II — Medieval Roots and Renaissance Flowerings: Mysteries and Moralities, Tragedy and Tragicomedy
Act III — Sentiment and Wit: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Comedy and Tragedy
To receive credit for ENGL 303, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. A supplemental examination is available. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:
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To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama 5th ed. Ed. W. B. Worthen. Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2007.
George Farquhar. The Recruiting Officer. Ed. John Ross. New York: Norton, 1991, rpt. 2000.
Studying Plays, 2nd ed. Mick Wallis and Simon Shepherd. London: Arnold, 2002.
The course materials also include a study guide and a student manual.
Special Course Features
Many of the plays in ENGL 303 are available on audiotape and videotape from Athabasca University Library.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, September 29, 2006.
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