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
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
- 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.
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.
The course will be evaluated on the basis of the following percentage:
- Mid Term Test 15
- Assignment (s) 15%
- Attendance 10%
Final Examination: 60%
Drama: A conceptual Analysis
- Definition (s)
- Origin and Functions of Drama
- Nature of Drama
- Difference between Drama and Theatre
Forms/Types of Drama
Elements of Drama:
- Subject Matter
- Deux ex Machina
- Dramatic Illusion
- Chorus/ Narrator
- The Three Unities: time, place and action
- The Classical Period/Drama
- The Medieval Period/Drama & the Renaissance Period
Mid Semester Test
Practical Class: Performance
Theatre History: The Restoration Drama& Modern Period/Drama
Week 12 & 13
Guided Textual Analysis of some of the recommended texts
Revision: Questions and Comments
- Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel
- Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex
- Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are not to Blame
- Femi Osofisan’s The Midnight Hotel
- Femi Osofisan’s Who’s Afraid of Solarin?
- Efua Sutherland’s The Marriage of Anansewa
- 7. Solomon Edebor’s Good Morning, Sodom
- Studies in Drama (2004) by Ademola O. Dasylva
- Glossary of Literary Terms by H.M. Abrams
- Elements of Drama by R. Scholes, and C. H. Klaus (1971).
- A Handbook on Drama and Theatre (1997) by A.B.C. Duruaku.
- Basic Techniques in Playwriting (2003) by Ahmed Yerima
- History of the Theatre (1999, Eight Edition.) by Oscar G. Brockett.
COURSE LECTURER: MR. Solomon A. EDEBOR