Readings in Dramatic Literature

Course Code:
LIT 4044

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:



Course Description:
This course consists of two components. The first component, “Performance Analysis,” examines the evolution of several facets of theatre, including acting, directing, playwriting, the physical stage, performance conditions and dramatic literature. The “Performance Analysis” component emphasizes the collaborative, eclectic nature of theatre and provides students with a sophisticated understanding of how live performances have evolved to meet the demands of each society through the ages. The second component, “Textual Analysis,” includes a survey of play scripts which represent important contributions from various genres of western theatre from the Greeks through contemporary drama.


Course Details


Rachel West, Ph.D.
Office Hours: The instructor will be available during office hours for individual assistance.


Required textbooks/ course materials:

  • The Seagull Reader: Plays Ed. Joseph Kelly. 3rd ed. New York: Norton, 2014. ISBN: 9780393938234

  • The Crucible, Arthur Miller. Penguin, 1976. ISBN: 9780140481389

  • Am I Blue, Beth Henley, Dramatists Play Service, 1982, ISBN: 9780822200215

  • Our Town, Thornton Wilder. Harper & Row, 1985. ISBN: 9780060929848

  • The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams. New Directions, 1999.

    ISBN: 9780811214049

  • The History Boys, Alan Bennett. Faber & Faber, 2004. ISBN: 9780571224647

  • Doubt: A Parable, John Patrick Shanley. Theatre Communications Group, 2005. ISBN: 978-1559362764


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

LIT 4044 is a core course for English Education majors enrolled in the baccalaureate program in the School of Education. The purpose of the communications area in the English Education curriculum is to enable the student to read critically and communicate effectively in clear and correct English. The curriculum also requires students to effectively use the pedagogical tools of the teaching profession.

C-1 Communicate effectively in various rhetorical modes

C-2 Evaluate ideas using critical thinking

C-3 Demonstrate appropriate documentation techniques through various assignments

C-4 Analyze human experiences through reading and writing

C-5 Demonstrate the effective use of the conventions of Standard American English

E-1 Demonstrate understanding of instructional design and lesson planning by applying concepts from human development and learning theories

E-3 Demonstrate effective instructional delivery and facilitation by utilizing deep and comprehensive knowledge of core content.


Course-level learning outcomes:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES NCTE Standards Secondary EnglishFlorida Competencies and Skills: English 6-12Assignments
Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities. 1, 2, 11 4.5, 4.6 UT, Q, F, W, E
Understand a variety of works in the arts and humanities as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context. 1, 2, 3, 6, 11 4.2, 4.5, 4.6 UT, Q, F, W, E
Respond critically to works in the humanities and fine and performing arts. 3, 4, 5, 6, 11 4.2, 7.1 CF, RPT, W, E, DE, Proj, SP, SD
Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance and comprehend the physical and intellectual demands required of the author or visual or performing artist. 3, 4 5.1, 7.1 SP, SD, Proj,
Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the fine and performing arts and humanities.     SP, SD
Develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and fine and performing arts. 3 7.1 CF, RPT, W, E, DE, Proj, SP, SD
Analyze significant primary texts, specifically dramatic literature, as sources of cultural, historical, theoretical and creative expression. 1, 2, 3, 6 1.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.9, 7.1 CF, RPT, W, E, DE, Proj, SP, SD
Explain the ways in which each drama expresses the literary theory, culture and values of its time and place.

3, 6

1.1, 4.4, 4.5, 7.1 CF, RPT, W, E, DE
Frame a comparative context through which students can critically assess the ideas, forces, theories and creative expression that have shaped dramatic literature. 3, 6 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 7.1 CF, RPT, W, E, DE, Proj, SP, SD
Employ appropriate rhetorical patterns and analysis while demonstrating writing skills. 4, 5 1.3, 2.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.9, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3. 7.4, 7.5 W, E, DE
Create and teach an effective lesson.     OBS


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

Teacher facilitated: The teacher will be leading class discussions on the material contained in the text during class periods.

Student-centered: The students will take notes, practice theater activities, and make several presentations during class periods.


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