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TH 280 Theatre and Society: Global Foundations

Faculty: Simek
Content: Survey of the premodern global history of theatre and performance from its earliest ritual manifestations to the late 18th century. Performance traditions, plays, theories, and dramatic expressions from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Emphasis will be placed on the reciprocal relationship between drama/performance and religion, the state, civil society, and the individual. Students will study primary materials, read and analyze plays, examine documentary and pictorial evidence, and engage both intellectually and creatively with the material. Reading, discussion, research, papers, exams, and creative projects.
Prerequisites: None.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, fall and spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.