Fall 2020 Undergraduate English Courses: Drama and Performance Studies

358:325 Restoration and Eighteenth Century Theater and Drama

01  MW7   CAC  05670  BUCKLEY  FH-A3

In this course we’ll survey English and continental European drama from the 1660s through the French Revolution, of looking particularly at the way changes in theatrical drama reflected and shaped the violent transition to a modern world. This course will be taught in an interdisciplinary fashion, incorporating brief looks at architecture and urban development, political spectacle and pageantry, opera, music, the visual arts, popular entertainment, and practices of everyday life as well as dramatic literature. It will include works by some of the greatest playwrights of the age, including Molière, Racine, Schiller, and Beaumarchais, as well as some of the most radical and incendiary plays ever staged.