CAS-320   World & Ancient Theatre History I

A historical and cultural study investigating a range of influential world theater traditions, including: the ancient theatres of Greece, Rome and India; the classical age of African dance and theatre; the golden ages of classical Chinese and Japanese dance-song-theatre; and the religious ritual drama of First People's theatre in the Americas. The course will focus on a study of theatre's early sources, considering especially the religious and ritual elements of theatrical development. In so doing, the course will examine various viewpoints such as the impact of cultural identity, religious identities, gender roles, aesthetics, the meaning of power and the meaning of play.