Theatre in the Context of the Western Cultural Development II. 1

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207DZB1 ZK 3 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

To introduce students to principles which determine the form of theatre in various historical stages and, as well, provide them with a societal and artistic context, the position and function of theatre within it.

Mode of study

Presentation, screening relevant audio-visual excerpts.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Completion of Theatre History I 1,2.

Course contents

Theatre in the context of the development of Western culture 1 is intended for all first year students in all DAMU studies. The content of the lectures is to introduce the basic features of the developmental phases of European theatre from antiquity to Classicism. Experts in each phase give lectures.

Recommended or required reading


Basic literature:

Bablet, Denis. Scénické revoluce dvacáteho století. In Scénografie 2/76 (výbor studií)

Braulich, Max Reinhardt - divadlo mezi snem a skutečností

Brockett, Dějiny divadla (příslušné kapitoly)

Craig, O divadelním umění

Götz, Boj o český divadelní sloh (kap. Doba expanze)

Hořínek, Cesty moderního dramatu (příslušné kapitoly)

Hyvnar, Francouzská divadelní reforma (zejm. část I., Divadelní moderna)

Hyvnar, Herec v moderním divadle (str. 9-181)

Lindovská, Od Antona Pavloviča Čechova k Michailovi Čechovovi

Stanislavskij, Můj život v umění

Stanislavskij, Moje výchova k herectví

Tairov, Odpoutané divadlo

Vostrý, „Od modernismu k postmoderně: expresionismus“, Disk 1


Gogol Revizor, Ženitba

Ostrovskij Bouře, Výnosné místo

Čechov Tři sestry, Višňový sad, Svatba

Andrejev Černé masky

Gorkij Na dně

Blok Bufonáda

Pirandello Šest postav hledá autora

Ibsen Nora, Heda Gablerová

Strindberg Sonáta duchů, Slečna Julie

Wedekind Probuzení jara

Maeterlinck Modrý pták

Brecht Baal

Jarry Král Ubu

Claudel Polední úděl

Advanced literature:

Gombrich, Příběh umění (příslušné kapitoly)

Ejzenštejn, Umenie mizanscény

Scherhaufer, Čítanka z dejín divadelnej réžie III.

Martínek, Karel. Ruská divadelná moderna, Ruské klasické drama a divadlo

Vostrý, O hercích a herectví (kapitola Od výrazu k jednání a Herec a režisér)

Vostrý, Režie je umění (kapitola Princip nedokončování a historická souvislost z „Ejzenštejnových lekcí divadelní režie“)

Deák, František. Symbolistické divadlo

Dostojevskij Zločin a trest

Tolstoj Anna Kareninová

Kafka Proces, Proměna

Assessment methods and criteria

Theatre in the Context of Western Culture II - Winter semester

(Exam Questions)

  1. Realism and Naturalism (the characteristics of artistic trends, influence on the development of theatre and drama, theatre, playwrights and works (Russia, Germany, Italy))
  2. Edward Gordon Craig and A. Appia and theatre reform (directing, set-design, acting).
  3. Henrik Ibsen and modern theatre (characteristics of the creative stages, pieces).
  4. August Strindberg and modern theatre (characteristics of drama, works).
  5. A.P. Chekov (characteristics of works, genre divisions (acts, early plays, „The Great Four“) and influence on modern theatre and drama).
  6. K.S. Stanislavsky and MCHT (modern theatre a the turn of the century, rise of MCHT, psychological realism methods).
  7. Expressionism and Neo-Romantism (concept characteristics, influence on modern theatre, drama and directing - Max Reinhardt and Leopold Jessner, Otto Brahm, authors and pieces).
  8. Sumbolism (concept characteristics, limits of Romantism, Realism and Naturalism).
  9. Symbolism in French drama and theatre (ensembles, playwrights, plays, French symbolism and the poetics of Alfred Jarry).
  10. Russian modern and Avant-garde (characteristics and concept definition, playwrights and pieces, inter-war avant-garde and directing and acting reform).

Grades and award of credit are dependent upon the sitting of the exam in the time period discussed: the exam is written (oral for appeals) and checks the mastery of the material at the level at which they were presented. Additionally, knowledge from the prescribed required literature (trade publications and drama texts) and a good bearing in wider European Social Relations (repectively, in the context of Western culture).

The Dept. of Theory and Critique announces a list of three regular and two make-up dates.

The exam is over the lecture and list of readings and will be only an oral exam.

The student is required to register for one of the three listed regular exam dates.

The second make-up exam date is in the presence of two instructors.

Students who are registered who do not sit and have no excuse are given a grade of „X“.

Students who do not register for any of the regular date are automatically given a grade of „X“.

If as student does not pass in regular or make-up dates, they may request a Dean's date which is a commission exam.

If the registered student does attend the exam (only for extenuating circumstances), they are to at least one day prior to the exam to apologize to the examiner",,

Further information

This course is an elective for all students of this school

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room S201
Hallerův sál

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
(lecture parallel2)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 13:30–15:00 Eva KYSELOVÁ Hallerův sál
Karlova 26, Praha 1
lecture parallel2

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans