Course: THTR 385, Theatre in London and the UK (3 credits) or ENGL 360, Advanced Topics (3 credits). Students meet once per week during the Spring 2014 semester and then travel to London for two weeks.
Prerequisites: English 101
Instructors: Dr. Corinne Johnson, Professor of Theatre and Dr. Owen Rogal, Professor of English
Dates: May 11 - 25, 2014 (subject to change)
Locations: London and Stratford-upon-Avon
Price: $4,758 (tentative)
We take our cue for this course from two great Londoners, Samuel Johnson and Virginia Woolf, Johnson's biographer James Boswell recording that Johnson said about London, "No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." And Woolf, not quite as assertive as Johnson, said, "To walk alone in London is the greatest rest." Theatre in London is thrilling, stunning...hyperbole is perfectly appropriate. But in this city it isn't just theatre that thrills and stuns.
We will study theatre in London today. Not necessarily what is being written today but what is being staged, from Shakespeare's A Romeo and Juliet at the new Globe and Anthony and Cleopatra in Stratford to the latest "fringe" production.
We're interested in two perspectives. The audience's, of course. We'll see plays and will ask, what makes good drama? What are the elements of drama? How does drama make meaning? But we'll also look behind the scenes. What is involved in getting a play on stage? For Shakespeare in 1595 or Harold Pinter in the beginning of the twenty-first century.
The stage is at the center of this course, and not just the stage as it is performed on and as viewers sit before or around it. But also the history of the stage, social, economic, and cultural issues that sometimes determined and at least shaped what viewers saw on the stage.
Once in London, we'll attend to the larger world of London, the London that Woolf took in on those walks she refers to, as well as to the world of the theatre - to historical sites, art museums, museums, libraries and churches, each place intensely interesting for a number of reasons, but most importantly interesting for us because each will take us a little deeper into the heart of theatre. Also, you'll be living in one of the world's most spectacular cities for two weeks and we'll expect you to sample this city's incredible resources. We're asking you to visit a number of sites and to record impressions, observations, experiences in your journal.
Complete the online application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education by November 15.