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Fall 2005 - Exploration of the Humanities [Early Theatre


HUMA 1301, Section 007 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am – 10:45 am Dr. Nadine D. Pederson Mail Station JO 31 Office telephone: Office location: Office hours [begin Aug 25]: 972-883-2168 JO 5.708 Thursdays, 11:00 – 11:30 am, and 3:30-5:00 pm Tuesdays by appointment

Please note: this syllabus is subject to change at my discretion. All changes will be posted on WebCT, and printed copies handed out in class.

DESCRIPTION OF COURSE: This course will explore the practice of theatre arts in Europe from classical Greece and Rome through the seventeenth century, with special focus on the larger social, cultural, and intellectual contexts of theatrical performance.

REQUIRED TEXTS: Oscar G. Brockett and Franklin J. Hildy. History of the Theatre (9th edition). Allyn & Bacon, 2002. [9th edition only!] Daniel Gerould. Theatre/Theory/Theatre: The Major Critical Texts from Aristotle and Zeami to Soyinka and Havel. Applause Books, 2003. A.M. Nagler. A Source Book in Theatrical History. Dover Publications, 1959. Select plays [any edition]. Many of these are online – I will post links on WebCT. Of special interest are the resources available at Note: The three core texts will be used for future theatre history courses.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS/EVALUATION CRITERIA: Participation: 10%: I am not as concerned with attendance as I am with your contribution to the scholarly atmosphere of the course. Examples of things that contribute to that atmosphere include coming prepared to class, asking questions that help to clarify the assigned readings, and making comments that link the readings to outside material (perhaps from other courses). Examples of things that detract from that atmosphere include arriving late or leaving early, cell phone use, distracting behavior during lectures, speaking unkindly or disrespectfully to or about anyone in the classroom, or expecting special treatment. Mid-term exam: 35% + Final exam: 55%: these will consist largely of multiple choice, matching, and short-answer questions, and will be graded primarily on accuracy (did you give the right answer?), clarity (can I read what you wrote?), and what I call innovation (can you take the material we learned in class and apply it to the interpretation of a specific document?). I will be handing out study guides before the exams; if you can answer the questions on the study guides, you will be fine on the exams. Additional tips for getting a good grade in this class: • Do all of the required reading • As you read, make a note of questions you have (to be asked in class or during my office hours) • As you listen to lectures, ask me to clarify concepts you don’t understand (either in class or during my office hours) • Take extensive lecture notes • Consider meeting with your fellow classmates to read the material out loud (especially the plays) • Before the exams, make sure you can answer all of the questions on the study guides A short guide to grades: A = excellent B = good C = competent D = poor F = failing I will also use +/SCHEDULE: August 18: Introduction August 23: Ancient Greece Reading due: Brockett, Chapter 2

August 25: Ancient Greece Reading due: Nagler, 2-16; Gerould, 43-67; Aristophanes, The Acharnians [available at] August 30: Ancient Rome Reading due: Brockett, Chapter 3 September 1: Ancient Rome Reading due: Nagler, 17-36; Gerould, 68-83; play TBA September 2: last day to drop this class without a W September 6: Medieval Europe Reading due: Brockett, Chapter 4 September 8: Medieval England Reading due: Nagler, 39-41 and 49-53; play TBA September 13: Medieval England Reading due: plays TBA September 15: Medieval France Reading due: Nagler, 45-49; play TBA September 20: Medieval France Reading due: plays TBA September 22: Medieval Italy Reading due: Nagler, 41-44; play TBA September 27: Medieval Italy Reading due: plays TBA September 29: Medieval Spain Reading due: plays TBA; mid-term review sheet distributed October 4: Medieval Germany Reading due: plays TBA October 6: Mid-term Exam

October 11: England to 1642 Reading due: Brockett, Chapter 5 October 13: England to 1642/Restoration England Reading due: Nagler, 113-157 [selections]; Gerould, 117-127; plays TBA October 18: Restoration England Reading due: Brockett, Chapter 9 [short selections]; Nagler, 157-164 and 203-207; Gerould, 168-178

October 20: Renaissance France Last day to withdraw with WP/WF Reading due: TBA October 25: 17th century France Reading due: Brockett, Chapter 8 October 27: 17th century France Reading due: Nagler, 166-199 [selections]; Gerould, 146-167; play TBA November 1: Renaissance Italy Reading due: Brockett, Chapter 7 November 3: Renaissance Italy Reading due: Nagler, 71-86 and 102-110 [selections]; Gerould, 108-116; play TBA November 8: 17th century Italy Reading due: Nagler, 86-102; Gerould, 128-134; play TBA November 10: Spain to 1700 Reading due: Brockett, Chapter 6 November 15: Spain to 1700 Reading due: Nagler, 57-68; Gerould, 135-145; play TBA November 17: Germany to 1700 Reading due: Brockett, Chapter 11 [selections]; play TBA November 22: Review Reading due: Gerould, 11-26; final exam review sheet distributed FINAL EXAM: Thursday, Dec 1, 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Grades available Friday, Dec. 9. If you would like your graded final exam sent to you, please provide a SASE on the day of the exam.

OTHER PROCEDURAL MATTERS: University closings are posted on the home page: Canceled classes: if something comes up, I will attempt to post on WebCT and to e-mail you; if I am unable to do so, I will notify the Arts & Humanities office and they will post a sign on our classroom. Missed exams : If you are ill or have a family emergency, please either e-mail me or leave a message on my office phone before the start of the exam. For a medical excuse, I require a note from your

doctor on official letterhead; for other emergencies, please provide verifiable documentation. All exams must be made up as soon as possible; we will arrange these on an individual basis. Incompletes: UTD policy states that a student must complete 70% of the coursework in order to receive an incomplete. E-mail correspondence: I cannot accept e-mail sent from outside the UTD server; I cannot accept email sent to me any other address than the one listed above. Disability accommodations : the easiest thing to do is to contact the Office of Disability Services at x6104 and have them contact me to explain what you need; I will be happy to comply with any reasonable accommodations your condition requires. Grade changes: all grades are final, unless you sincerely believe I have made a mistake or have been unfair. In that case, please submit a written explanation (no longer than one page) within one week of receiving your grade for a particular exam, detailing the reasons why your think an error or misjudgment has been made. I will reevaluate your work, but bear in mind that I may find additional problems I had not noticed on my first reading. It is therefore possible that you may end up with a lower grade rather than a higher one. If, after this procedure has been followed, you still believe your grade is inaccurate, you have the right to appeal through university channels. Academic dishonesty: please refer to the university’s policy, available on UTD website. I cannot place enough stress on how important it is that you be scrupulously honest in this area. Sexual harassment (or any other kind of harassment): unacceptable. Please see the UTD policy.