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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2003

T C 357 • Comedy, Ancient and Modern-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40620 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
WEL 3.266
MOORE

Course Description

Our plan is to read, talk about, and write about comic plays – both from ancient Greece and Rome and from various modern nations. Our emphasis will be three-fold: 1. What is the nature of dramatic comedy? How does it differ from and relate to more "serious" theatrical forms, such as tragedy and melodrama? What is it that makes plays funny? 2. How has dramatic comedy developed over time? What are the different types of dramatic comedy, and how do they differ from one another? How have modern comic playwrights responded to the traditions begun by their ancient predecessors? 3. How does comedy relate to society? Do comic plays reinforce or challenge the preconceptions of their audiences? How have comic playwrights responded to issues such as class, gender, religion, and politics? What happens when plays written for one society are adapted for another?

About the Professor: Tim Moore holds degrees from Millersville University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published books on the Roman authors Livy and Plautus, and a translation of one of Terence's plays. He enjoys bicycling, hiking, and swimming. His three greatest loves, however, are dramatic comedy, vocal music, and things Roman. He has had the incredible good fortune to be able to combine these passions in his current research project, a book on the role of music in ancient Roman comic theater.

Grading Policy

Grading will be based on 7 very brief essays (1 page, double-spaced), one longer research paper (20-25 pages), and class participation (includes contribution to class discussion, presentations and reports to be assigned as the class progresses, and, if deemed necessary, announced and unannounced quizzes). Brief essays: 25% (may not be turned in late; the lowest grade will be dropped) Research paper: 50% Class participation: 25%

Texts

Course packet Four Plays by Aristophanes: The Clouds, The Birds, Lysistrata, The Frogs Beaumarchais, The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro Susanna Centlivre, A Bold Stroke for a Wife Mary Chase, Harvey Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart The Kyogen Book: An Anthology of Japanese Classical Comedies Menander, Plays and Fragments Molière, Tartuffe and Other Plays Plautus, Rudens, Curculio, Casina Plautus, Four Comedies Shakespeare, Comedy of Errors Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew George Bernard Shaw, Arms and the Man and John Bull’s Other Island Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Terence, The Comedies Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

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