Topics in Literature: Women in Medieval Drama

Course Number: ENGL 165WD
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 165AA-ZZ
Quarter: Fall 2012
Day(s): MW
Time: 2:00-3:15pm
Location: GIRV 1112

This class is a survey of medieval drama. We will challenge the common assumption that medieval drama was predominately religious, extremely amateurish, or both, by reading a wide variety plays (miracle plays, farces, Cycle plays, “dinner theatre” plays) and discussing the many forms of staging that existed. We will investigate why these plays were written and in what ways they remain relevant today. Since staging is integral to theatre, we will discuss not only how the plays were staged in their own time but also how we might restage them today to demonstrate their continued importance.