History of Theatre Seminar 2

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207SHD2 ZK 3 2T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The goal of the class is to familiarize students with the development of drama and theatre in the chosen historical period and to draw attention to the connection between dramatic and theatrical creation and sociopolitical situations, the development of audience tastes, the development of theatre technology etc. The emphasis is on the role of period poetics and its influence on the forming of rules for dramatic creation.

Mode of study

Presentation of and discussions over texts, Individual student research (ex: analysis of the staging tradition of the works of a given writer in Czech theatre), analysis of recorded stagings.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

No knowledge requirements for registration.

Course contents

This course is focused on selected phases in the development of European (respectively, Western) theatre (antiquity, classicism, Elizabethan theatre, The Enlightenment). Based on analyses of drama texts and other assigned professional literature on the given period the course attempts to render the relationship between the social situation, drama creativity and theatre. The aim is to show the connection of individual European theatre traditions, their mutual influences and movements which occured in the acceptance of conventions (ex, shifts in the concepts of classicism with a view to its French, English and German variations).

Recommended or required reading

Brockett, O., Dějiny divadla

Aristoteles, Poetika

O umění básnickém a dramatickém (antologie, vybrané texty)

Dukore B.F, Dramatic Theory and Criticism: Greeks to Grotowski (antologie, vybrané texty)

Mikeš, V., Divadlo francouzského baroka

Bejblík A., Hornát J., Lukeš M., Alžbětinské divadlo I-III

Pavis, P., Divadelní slovník

Levý, J., Umění překladu

Diderot, Nemanželský syn

Beaumarchais, Esej o vážném dramatickém žánru, Předmluva k Figarově svatbě

Additional literature (Czech and foreign) and plays are assigned according to the intentions of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

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