Spring 2019 - ENGL 113W D100

Literature and Performance (3)

Class Number: 1597

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 15, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby



Introduces students to plays and performance works created and adapted for the stage, and/or the performative dimensions of other literary forms. May be organized historically, generically or thematically. The course may also explore the links between literary and performance theory. Includes attention to writing skills. Students with credit for ENGL 103W may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.


From the tragedies of ancient Greece to the radical experiments of Vancouver's Push Festival, drama has always combined the literary arts of storytelling and poetry with the arts of live performance. Drama has been ritual, entertainment, and manifesto; it has educated and appalled.  In this course we will look at plays spanning almost 2,500 years of the Western dramatic tradition, sampling plays that both exemplify their cultural moments and continue to resonate with contemporary audiences.  


Students should have a broad overview of the evolution of Western theatre from the ancient Greeks to the 21st century; be able to analyse how cultural and historical contexts influence theatre;be able to read and analyze dramatic texts both as literary works in themselves and as blueprints for theatrical productions.   


  • Tutorial participation, attendance, spot quizzes (tied to cell phone use) 15%
  • Essay # 1 (1,000 words) with revision 25%
  • Essay #2 (1,500 words) 30%
  • Final examination 30%



The Norton Anthology of Drama, Shorter Third Edition. Eds. Martin Puchner, J. Ellen Gainor, and Stanton B. Garner, Jr. 

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