Fall 2022 - ENGL 113W D100

Literature and Performance (3)

Class Number: 4450

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    EDB 7618, 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.


The Play's the Thing: Drama Then and Now

In this course we will cover almost 2,500 years of Western drama by reading seven plays. We will study drama from Ancient Greece, medieval England, the Renaissance, the 19th and 20th centuries, and contemporary Canada. We will examine how dramatists have wrestled with the pressing issues of their ages, and how theatre professionals have evolved their techniques to meet the changing demands of writers and audiences.


  • an introduction to the scope of the Western dramatic corpus and theatre history
  • a knowledge of how to read dramatic texts
  • a basic knowledge and understanding of the principal genres of Western drama
  • a basic knowledge and understanding of the elements of drama, such as plot, character, theme, and setting


  • Tutorial attendance and participation 15%
  • Essay 1 (with revision) 20%
  • Essay 2 30%
  • Quizzes 5%
  • Final exam (open textbook) 30%


Some of the plays we will be reading contain depictions of violence. Please do not take this course if you find such material triggering or upsetting. 





EVERYMAN - Anonymous

DOCTOR FAUSTUS - Christopher Marlowe

DOLL'S HOUSE - Henrik Ibsen

WAITING FOR GODOT - Samuel Beckett

EQUUS - Peter Shaffer

HARLEM DUET - Djanet Sears

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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