Spring 2022 - ENGL 113W D100

Literature and Performance (3)

Class Number: 4646

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Ronda Arab
    Office Hours: M: 3:30-4:20pm W: 10:00-11:00am



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.


Introduction to Drama: Theatre, Performance, and Identity

This course examines six diverse plays that range chronologically from the Elizabethan period to the first decade of the twentieth-first century. The major themes we will consider involve identity and the performativity of identity; while this focus will draw us into discussions of gender roles, race, sexual orientation, and class, we will also consider staging, genre, form, the social and cultural places and functions of the theatre, and how all these concerns intersect. Drama was meant to be performed, so we’ll engage in informal reading (and maybe even acting!) in tutorials, and we’ll watch clips of film versions of the plays. I encourage you to find the time to go see a play or two in Vancouver while you are taking this course. This is a writing course, so you will be doing regular writing assignments, both in and outside of class, including a major revision.



  • To gain an introductory understanding of how the performative arts of drama and theatre can be a venue for the exploration of identity. 
  • To improve skills in critical writing about drama.
  • To improve academic essay-writing skills. 



  • tutorial participation 15%
  • first essay (3-4 pages) 10%
  • revision of first essay 15%
  • second essay (3-4 pages) 20%
  • third essay (3-4 pages) 20%
  • final exam 20%



Required texts.

SFU Bookstore offers both digital copies and physical copies for sale. I recommend you get a physical copy. The final exam is open book so you can bring a physical copy, with notes written on it, to the exam. You cannot, however, bring an e-copy that you access from a device that can access the internet, for obvious reasons. If you have the e-book downloaded onto a Kobo or Kindle that CANNOT ACCESS THE INTERNET you will be able to bring that in, but you cannot bring in an ipad or laptop computer.

If the SFU Bookstore runs out of physical copies, the books are available on from Indigo Books online and Amazon.ca online. 

Othello William Shakespeare

  • ISBN: 9780743477550 eISBN: 9781476788524

A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen

  • ISBN: 9780486270623 eISBN: 9780486110202

Top Girls Caryll Churchill  

  • ISBN: 9780573630231

Angels in America Part One Tony Kushner

  • ISBN: 9781559363846 eISBN: 9781559367691

Yellow Face David Henry Hwang

  • ISBN: 9781559363402 eISBN: 9781559366717

Sweat, Lynn Nottage

  • ISBN: 9781559365321 eISBN: 9781559368544

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

For all On-Campus Courses, please note the following:
- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
- When choosing your schedule, remember to check "Show lab/tutorial sections" to see all Lecture/Seminar/Tutorial times required.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.