This program offers students an opportunity to take an in-depth look at the genre of drama and its enduring influence on literature. Historically, London has been one of the most important places for drama (and literature as a whole), so students will be reading and discussing what are considered to be masterpieces of major English and Irish dramatists from the last five centuries. Looking at the development of drama from its beginnings, students will be able to look at the conventions of how and why drama took shape.
Tentative itinerary is as follows:
January 2 – Fly to London – Heathrow airport, arrive January 3 in the morning.
January 3 – Get acquainted with London – Use London Underground (Tube) Check into accommodations.
January 4 – Day: Tour of Globe Theater, Evening: Play #1
January 5 – Day: 9am-Noon classroom discussion and 2 p.m. - Theater Tour of London, Evening: Play #2
January 6 – Day: 9am-Noon classroom discussion, Evening: Play #3
January 7 – Free day – See London
January 8 – Free day – See London – National Theater Backstage tour.
January 9 – Planning Day and discussion of assignments
January 10 – Day: 9am-Noon, classroom discussion and 2 p.m. - Theater Tour, Evening: Play #4
January 11 – Day: 9 am-Noon, classroom discussion and paper writing, Evening: Play # 5
January 12 – Day: 9 am-Noon, classroom discussion and paper writing, Evening: Play #6
January 13 – Free Day – See London, makes plans for return trip.
January 14 – Fly back to the US
Tentative visits to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, The Royal National Theater, The Old Vic, The Harold Pinter Theater, and the Kenneth Branagh Theater Company at the Garrick.
The class will utilize discussion questions about each play to expand our thinking as well as methodologies of literary criticism to understand the symbolic nature of works of drama. We will also write 2 formal critical and analytical papers to examine drama itself as well as literary history and look at ways in which social contexts and literary traditions helped shape the theater of different eras. There will also be a creative and reflective element to daily writing assignments. We will see plays and write critically about them.
The program is led by Dr. Tyler Farrell. Under his guidance, students will be taking ENGL 2951 (equivalent to ENGL 2000: Literature, History, and Culture), which fulfills a core course requirement and is recommended for non-English majors. Although drama exists in many forms around the world, for the sake of the class, the class will emphasize the works of British and Irish dramatists only from the past 500 years. In order to create common understanding for discussion, the class will establish terms and methodologies for analyzing drama before engaging with it in London. The class will utilize a variety of skills and methods for students to engage with the texts, including analyzing scenes in different mediums (written, spoken, etc.), engaging in literary criticism, and also discussing how social contexts and literary movements helped to shape different eras of theater. Assignments for the course include two critical papers, a group presentation, weekly reading and writing assignments, discussions, quizzes, and a written midterm and final exam.
Prerequisites: Students are required to have completed Rhetoric and Composition 1 and 2 (ENGL 1001/1002)
Given its historical significance in the realm of drama and literature, the program will be hosted in London, England. Being in the heart of the city allows for students to appreciate the scope of drama's influence on literature and history in London and beyond. The productions that students will be attending depend on availability and scheduling for the trip dates.