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THTR 2285 History of Theatre II (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

Continuation of History of Theatre I. It begins in 1642 in England and tracks the simultaneous development of the actor, playwright, architect and director. However, it studies this evolution within the larger cultural and political contexts that implicated every decision from the content of dramas to the seating arrangements within auditoriums. Among the epochs and influences that will be considered are art and decadence in English Restoration comedy, the role of the playhouse in the rise American proletarian culture, the impact of sentimentalism and Victorian morality on playwriting, and the advent of psychology and its effect on acting.

Instructor(s): Stuart Hecht

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17