100年第2學期-0157 戲劇選讀：後現代劇場 課程資訊
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This course will introduce the Postmodern debate/s and as a profound spiritual and philosophical crises of our time–the failure of the Enlightenment. This course will introduce the position of Postmodernism as a series of “maps” that help people find their way through a changing world. Foucault on power and knowledge, Jameson on mapping the postmodern, Baudrillard on the media, Harvey on time-space compression, Derrida on deconstruction and Deleuze and Guattari on rhizomes. This course will examine postmodern elements as they relate to theatrical performance.Students will read, analyze and discuss, Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”, Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”If time and class size permits, additional play readings/viewing “The Good Woman of Szechwan” a play by the Bertolt Brecht and “Buried Child” by Sam Shepard. Students will be introduced to Students will examine excerpts re: visions from “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Cats” and Shakespeare’s, of Romeo and Juliet. Students will present three group re: vision projects where they will create postmodern sets, costumes and characters, and a scene performance a poem revision to a stage play In addition, students will write one play analysis and keep a work journal. The midterm and final exam will be group project presentations.
This course offered to FLLD Major Students will take into account several aspects of Drama Studies and story telling by way of the major dramatists (in English). They will be divided as follows:
1: Narrative – the dramatic story
2: Narration – how the drama unfolds
3: The characters in the drama (Preparing for the Role in Acting)
4: Plot Structure – the art of drama (story telling)
5: Different kinds of Drama [Tragedy, Comedy, Romance, Absurd, etc.]
This course will primarily examine the narrative elements of drama: we will examine such structural elements as characterization, plot structures (i.e. linear, episodic, etc.) and dramatic conflict. In addition students will explore a major school of critical thought aligned to the assigned reading.
Next, students will explore aspects of dramatic narration and theme. Here we will look at diction, tone, narrator reliability, denouement and the sense of an ending. Critical essays on narration will be read along with the selected Play. Finally, the different types of drama will be investigated in relation to what students have read up to this point in addition to selections from Student Reports and Presentations. This will aid students in comparing the cultural and gender specific aspects of DRAMA. The development of drama has been made possible with the advances in different disciplines of thought such as sociology, psychology, philosophy and studies in mythology. The student will be made familiar with these “extrinsic” schools of criticism as applied to drama. Critical essays and selections from different critics will be assigned as topics for class reports and short presentation papers.
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Auslander, Philip, From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism, London, New York, Routledge, 1997
Bauman, Zygmunt. Postmodernity and Its Discontents. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Beckett, Samuel, Waiting for Godot: A tragic comedy in two acts. http://samuel-beckett.net/Waiting_for_Godot_Part1.html
Brater, Enoch, Ruby Cohn, eds. Around the Absurd: Essays on Modern and Postmodern Drama. Ann Arbor, Mich.: The University of Michigan Press, 1990.
Bulman, Gail A. Staging Words, Performing Worlds: Intertextuality and Nation in Contemporary Latin American Theater. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2007.
Fredric Jameson, Foreword to Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition, Manchester University Press, 1997,
Huyssens, Andreas, Mapping the Postmodern. New German Critique 33 (Fall 1984), 5-52.
Powell, Jim Postmodernism for Beginners New York: Writers and Readers, 1998.
Lyotard, Jean-Francois. The Postmodern Condition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984.
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Publisher: London : Continuum, ©2008.
Toonies, Merle, Samuel Beckett’s dramatic strategy : audience laughter and the postmodernist debate, Trier : Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 1996.
Ward, Glenn Teach Yourself Postmodernism London: Hodder Headline, 1997. Lincolnwood, IL: NTC/ Contemporary, 1997. Teach Yourself Books.