Dramaturgy 1

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202DRT1 Z 3 4T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

1)Familiarization with historical and contemporary forms of dramaturgical work.

2)Detailed reading of a dramatic text.

3)Analysis of a dramatic text and modeling of the ideal production.

4)Interpretation of the text.

5)Creation of a dramaturgical/direction conception.

Mode of study

Classes, papers and their review.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Talent and education verified by a multi-level entrance procedure.

Course contents


  1. Basic orientation in the field and familiarization with its historical and contemporary forms,
  2. Theoretical and practical mastery of basic drama theory terms and categories.
  3. Reading and discussion of a selected dramatic text.
  4. Motivic and structural analysis of a text.
  5. Modeling of an ideal production, respecting the characteristic traits of the author's style.
  6. Interpretation of the chosen text with respect to a relevant theme.
  7. Creation of a dramaturgical/directing conception.


At the bachelor's level, students of dramaturgy and directing should learn a reliable approach to a dramatic text for preparing a production. It is important that they master the basic terms and categories of drama theory (dramatic situation, image, symbol, action, behavior, dialogue, plot, composition, structure, genre etc.) and learn to use them in practice. The foundation of every dramaturgical/directing conception should be a conscientious and sensitive reading of a dramatic text as a storehouse of information for its staging. Only after its thorough analysis, the grasping of all historical connotations and the examining of the individual characteristics of the given author should students proceed to the work's interpretation, so that the text is seen from the viewpoint of relevant themes and is not deprived of any important value. At the end of the entire cycle of dramaturgy seminars, the student should be able to develop a clear dramaturgical/directing conception and to make a literary adaptation of a dramatic text so that it corresponds to the conception while also respecting the author. The preparatory phase, climaxing with the choice of a production team and an acting cast, will then become a solid foundation for the real directing work of the students.

Recommended or required reading

Aristoteles: Poetika

Roman Ingarden: O poznávání literárního díla, Praha 1967, also by the same author: Umělecké dílo literární, Praha 1989

Jan Císař: Základy dramaturgie 1 (Situace), Praha 1999

Jan Císař: Základy dramaturgie 2 (Postava)

Jaroslav Vostrý: Činoherní klub 1965-1972 - Praktická dramaturgie, Praha 1996

Miroslav Procházka: Znaky dramatu a divadla, Praha 1988 /selections/

Milan Lukeš: Umění dramatu, Praha 1987

J. L. Styan: Prvky dramatu, Praha 1964

J. L. Styan: Černá komedie, Praha 1967

Peter Szondi: Teória modernej drámy, Bratislava 1969

Jiří Levý: Umění překladu, Praha 1963

Andreas Kotte: Divadelní věda. Úvod, Praha 2010

Assessment methods and criteria

Grading is done based on the continuous submission of work with a consideration of participation in class discussions. Grading is significantly influenced by the final course paper and its oral defense.

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