Department of English

University of Toronto

Cross-Listed Courses

Graduate English Cross-listed Courses or Courses of Interest for BHCP (Book History) students:

Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies Cross-Listed Course(s) (taught by English Faculty)  

DRM3905HF    Old Plays, New Art
H. S. Syme

In this course, we will investigate how modern and contemporary avant-garde theatre artists have used canonical works of drama to make new works of theatre. Reading plays by Aeschylus, Euripides, Shakespeare, Lessing, Schiller, Strindberg, and Chekhov alongside key 20th- and 21st-century productions, primarily from North America and Europe, we will investigate the place of these “classical" works in the development of modern theatre as well as their place in our own contemporary performance ecosphere: we will ask what use some of the most radical theatre artists of the last century have made of old plays, and explore how those plays can become the occasion and the site of renewed challenges to theatrical traditions and conventions now. Informed by theoretical readings on the questions of adaptation, appropriation, and canon formation, we will think through the aesthetic and political potential and limitations of making new theatrical art with old texts that often reflect outdated cultural positions on race, class, gender, and sexuality, and ask what may be gained (and what is lost) when the theatre responds to its present cultural moment with plays from an often distant past. Final selection of plays and productions will rely on student feedback gathered late in the summer.
Time: Fall, Thursday, 6-9
Location: TBA

Centre for Medieval Studies  Cross-Listed Course(s) (taught by English Faculty)

MST 1384HS   Exeter Book of Old English Verse
A. Walton
Thursdays 2-4 LI 301 S-Term Spring (January - April, 2021)


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