English 362 (1) Drama

 Craig Howes                        TR 9:00–10:15

Sakamaki C-103

The catalogue course description readsBasic concepts and representative texts for the study of the form, function, and development of the genre of drama.” We will definitely accomplish this, but we will also become familiar with specific texts, modes of performance, and the politics and aesthetics of drama as a meeting place for writing, performance, and a lot more.

We will cover a great deal of time and ground. Dramatists studied will include Sophocles, the Everyman author, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Wilde, Beckett, Weiss, Churchill, Kushner, Kneubuhl, and Apio. We will start in Greece, and end in Hawaiʻi. Aristotle, Brecht, Artaud, and other theorists of drama will be read as well.

Students will be required to provide frequent postings on the course content, as well as theatrical review assignments, short critical and theoretical papers, speech memorization, and at least one staging assignment. There will be mandatory individual conferences on every paper, with an option for revision on all written assignments.

English majors, Drama majors, and arts and humanities students in general will benefit from this course. It is interdisciplinary, and also multi-media, as we will be discussing at length production, visual aspects, and acting styles. And because drama is such a public art, we will also talk about its capacity for social instruction and political change.

The 3rd Edition of the Norton Shorter Anthology of Drama will be the text, which contains most of the plays we will be reading. Weiss, Kneubuhl, and Apio will need to be purchased separately.

This course is designated Writing Intensive. For English majors, it also fulfills the Genre requirement for 300 level Courses–Breadth of Field, or a 300- or 400-Level Course requirement. For non-majors, it fulfills an upper-division elective requirement.

Craig Howes is a Professor in the Department of English, the Director of the Center for Biographical Research, and co-editor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. A former board member at Kumu Kahua Theatre, he is the President of Monkey Waterfall Dance Theater Company, and the co-producer of Biography Hawaiʻi, a television documentary series whose hour-long individual shows are seen on PBS Hawaii and stations nationally. He has also appeared regularly in dramatic and living history productions in Hawaiʻi.