Dr. Eva Thury

Office hours: T 1-3; W: 2-3

Office Phone: 895-1711

and by appointment

Office: Macalister 5035


In one of the readings for this class, Elizabeth Burns notes that, "Unlike all other forms of literary art, a play is remade every time it is performed." In a sense, the kind of imaginative recreation that occurs when a play is produced also takes place any time a reader interacts with a literary work. As a result, the study of drama permits us to make explicit some of the operations which we as readers perform in interacting with a work of literature.

This course will focus on the plays of different eras, including: ancient Greece, Shakespearean England, 19th century Europe and 20th century America. Our intentions are not historical, however. Rather, we will be looking at the plays as literature, and considering the different conventions followed in them, as well as the ways in which playwrights portray the values and aspirations of their culture.

We will consider the plays we read from two primary perspectives of drama as