INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA

ELS123
SOLOMON EDEBOR

Course description

Description

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND LITERARY STUDIES

FIRST SEMESTER 2014/2015 ACADEMIC SESSION

ELS 123- INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA

Course Lecturer: Mr Solomon A. EDEBOR

Contact: College 1, D41, Department of English and Literary Studies/General Studies

Phone: +234- 806- 231- 4889

E-mail: edeborsolomon@gmail.com

 

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the nature, form and characteristics of drama and theatre. Students are guided to acquire the tools and techniques of drama analysis through selected plays and drama production.

 

Course Type: (Compulsory/Elective): Compulsory

Aims

to:

- enable students to understand drama as a genre of literature

- impart students with the requisite knowledge regarding the origin of drama, its definition (s), nature and functions

-  Expose students to the dramatic genres/forms and their characteristics

-  expose students to the basic elements of drama, as well as dramatic techniques and conventions

-  Introduce students to theatre history,

-  Encourage students to read and appreciate plays.

 

Lectures: Tuesday, 9a.m. -11a.m.

 

Attendance Policy:

A minimum of 70% attendance is required for a student to be eligible to take the final examination.

The students with less than 70% of the attendance in this course shall be given the grade SA (Short Attendance) in such a course and shall not be allowed to take its End Term Exams and will have to reappear in the course to get the required attendance to be eligible to sit in the exam when the course is offered the next time.

 

Grading:

The course will be evaluated on the basis of the following percentage:

-          Mid Term Test                                                            15

-          Assignment (s)                                                            15%    

-          Attendance                                                     10%

Final Examination:    60%

Total: 100%

 

Course Outline

Week 1

Drama:  A conceptual Analysis

  • Definition (s)
  • Origin and Functions of Drama

 

Week 2

  • Nature of Drama
  • Difference between Drama and Theatre

 

Week 3

Forms/Types of Drama

  • Tragedy
  • Comedy
  • Tragi-Comedy
  • Melodrama

 

 

Week 4

Elements of Drama: 

  • Imitation
  • Plot
  • Action
  • Dialogue
  • Subject Matter
  • Theme

 

Week 5

Dramatic Techniques:

  • Characterisation
  • Foreshadowing
  • Planting
  • Deux  ex Machina
  • Setting

 

 

Week 6

Dramatic Conventions

  • Prologue
  • Epilogue
  • Interlude
  • Aside
  • Soliloquy
  • Dramatic Illusion
  • Chorus/ Narrator
  • Structure
  • The Three Unities: time, place and action

 

Week 7

 Theatre History

  • The Classical Period/Drama

 

Week 8.

 Theatre History:

 

  • The Medieval Period/Drama & the Renaissance Period

 

Week 9

Mid Semester Test

 

Week 10

Practical Class: Performance

 

Week 11

 Theatre History: The Restoration Drama& Modern Period/Drama

 

Week 12 & 13

 Guided Textual Analysis of some of the recommended texts

 

 

Week 14

Revision: Questions and Comments

 

Primary Texts

  1. Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel
  2. Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex
  3. Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are not to Blame
  4. Femi Osofisan’s The Midnight Hotel
  5. Femi Osofisan’s Who’s Afraid of Solarin?
  6. Efua Sutherland’s The Marriage of Anansewa
  7. 7.      Solomon Edebor’s Good Morning, Sodom

Secondary Text

  1. Studies in Drama (2004) by Ademola O. Dasylva
  2. Glossary of Literary Terms by H.M. Abrams
  3. Elements of Drama by R. Scholes, and C. H. Klaus (1971).
  4. A Handbook on Drama and Theatre (1997) by A.B.C. Duruaku.
  5. Basic Techniques in Playwriting (2003) by Ahmed Yerima
  6. History of the Theatre (1999, Eight Edition.) by Oscar G. Brockett.

 

COURSE LECTURER: MR. Solomon A. EDEBOR

 

 

 

 

 


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