THEA 222(F) Polis/Metropolis: Theatre, History, and Urban Culture (Same as Comparative Literature 217, English 213 and History 341) (W)

This class will focus on specific historical moments in selected urban spaces-for instance, Madrid in 1634, London in 1747 or Berlin in 1926. For each of these moments, we will make concrete connections between play texts, conceived broadly, and the political and cultural geographies from which they emerge. Each week, we will consider developments in theater technology and acting methodology, the work of concurrent practitioners in other artistic media, the intersection of social class and power and the iconography of architectural space. With this in mind, we will develop a conceptual framework within which to situate, analyze, and better understand a representative performance text. These texts include but are not limited to Moliere's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Chekhov's The Seagull and Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi. Format: lecture/seminar. Evaluation will be based on weekly responses, two short papers, and a substantial final paper. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 15 (expected: 10).