Theater and the Visual Arts 58.305/201
Dr. Liana Cheney/Dr. John Ogasapian


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Syllabus of Lectures


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Participants will explore the ways in which theater and the visual arts enhance and stimulate language acquisition and critical literacy development as well as promote the development of a sense of historical awareness and cultural identity and integration in the classroom.

Participants in the Theater and the Visual Arts will gain the skills, experience and confidence in the disciplines of the arts, such as theater, language, film, art history and music history so they can integrate them into the core of the school curriculum at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels. Integrative arts teaching methods will be introduced and an interdisciplinary curriculum model will be developed which may be adapted for implementation at the individual participants' schools. This course fulfills areas of General Education Requirement in Aesthetic, Cultural Diversity, Historical Studies and Humanities.

STRUCTURE: The Theater and the Visual Arts is offered through Continuing Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, for three-graduate credits during July 13-August 13. The course will consist of a two-day professional presentations with one additional day for performance workshop (to be arranged). The course will focus especially on the interrelationships between Theater and the Visual Arts, such as literature, film, video, art history and music history in the acquisition and development of critical and visual literacy skills.

FACULTY: Team Taught, Coordinator: Dr. L. Cheney/Art History.
Dr. Liana Cheney, Professor of Art History
Dr. John Ogasapian, Professor of Music History
Visiting Lecturer: Dr. Mario Aste, Professor of Modern Languages and Film

ORGANIZATION: Although class discussion is strongly encouraged, this is primarily a lecture course based upon the visual content of works of art presented by way of projected slides. Attendance is highly recommended for every class meeting. Students are responsible for the content of all lectures and assigned reading materials.

CLASS COMPORTMENT: Since this a professional presentation at the university level, you are not permitted to eat or drink during class lectures and discussion. Disabled students must see me on the first day of class to accommodate their individual needs.

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday after class and by appointment. Dr. Cheney's office is in Coburn Hall, Room 201. Dr. Ogasapian's office is in Durgin Hall.

-John Russell Brown, The Oxford Illustrated History of Theater. London/New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
-Andrea Gronemeyer, Theater: An Illustrated Historical Overview. New York: Barron's, 1996.

-F. Fergusson, Aristotle's Poetics. New York: Hill and Wang, 1961.
-O. G. Brocket, History of the Theater. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999.
-J. Watson and G. McKernie, A Cultural History of the Theater. New York: Longman, 1993.

(N.B. Additional readings will be assigned from journals and magazines)

-Bray, Playbuilding/A Guide for Group Creation of Plays with Young People
-Burian, The Secret of Theatrical Space: The Memoir of Josef Svoboda
-Cassady, Acting Games
-Dizikes, Opera in America: A Cultural History
-Donnellan, Acting the Truth
-Druxman, The Art of Storytelling
-Hay, African-American Theater: A Historical and Critical Analysis
-Ionazzi, Stagecraft Handbook
-Izzo, The Art of Play: The New Genre of Interactive Theatre
-Kanellos, A History of the Hispanic Theatre in the United States
-Oddey, Devising Theatre
-Payne, History of Costumes
-Rump, Puppets and Masks: Stagecraft and Storytelling

ATTENDANCE: Class attendance is required. Exams are based on class lectures and discussion of visual and historical material.

EXAMINATIONS: There will be different types of examination (essays, cyber/ed, paper, oral presentations and take home exams). There will be at least three examinations-July 22 and August 12 (oral presentation) and paper assignment. Examinations are based on specific material covered in class and on the required readings. Examinations missed without prior excuse from me or written excuse for medical or other emergencies, cannot be made up. No electronic mail, fax, telephone, or voice mail is accepted.

TAKE HOME EXAMINATION: Home exams should be approximately 2 to 3 pages long (250 words per page) minimum, double spaced and typed. The computerized typing must be as follow: accepted fonts New York, Geneva, Courier, Palatino and Bookman; only 12 points in character, double space between lines; page margins one (1) inch all around. Take home exams written in any other format are not acceptable. The written assignment will be graded on form as well as content so that spelling, punctuation, grammar, and syntax are to be considered with some care. If you use other sources in addition to your class notes and required readings, please footnote those sources. Downloading information from the internet or websites without requires proper citation. See note about plagiarism.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS: Formal verbal discussion of your paper for class presentation and discussion. Further instructions will be given later in the semester.

VIDEO REVIEWS: Formal and critical evaluation on films or videos required for class assignments. Videos may be viewed in class or as a required home assignment.

PAPER: Papers should concentrate on theater and theatrical issues. There should be, of course, a discussion on how the theater differs from various historical periods and its cultural milieu. Wherever possible, intelligent comparisons should be made with humanistic disciplines (art history, music history, literature, philosophy and culture) and critical theory should be incorporated throughout. These papers are intended to represent original research and thinking: they should not recapitulate material already presented in class. Presentation instructions and suggested topics will be given at the beginning of the semester along with a general instruction sheet for form of term papers. Suggested topics will be given at the beginning of the semester, along with a general instruction sheet for form of term papers.

On July 29 notify me of your written assignment topic. The paper or oral presentations will be due on August 12. All late papers will be penalized. The paper should be approximately 10-15 pages long, double spaced and typed with illustrations. Suggested topics will be given at the beginning of the semester, along with a general instruction sheet for form of term papers. The computerized typing must be as follow: accepted fonts New York, Geneva, Courier, Palatino and Bookman; only 12 points in character; double space between lines; page margins one (1) inch all around. Papers written in any other format are not acceptable. The written assignment will be graded on form as well as content so that spelling, punctuation, grammar, and syntax are to be considered with some care. All work done outside of class must be type written or computer printed, double spaced.

GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: The written assignment will be graded on form as well as content so that spelling, punctuation, grammar, and syntax are to be considered with some care. Prior to completing your research, you should consult at least 8, post 1970 sources (books and articles). Although you may read survey texts (such a as those of Janson, Hartt, or Gardner), these do not count among the acceptable sources. You may develop a good bibliography for any topic you choose from the books and articles at the library. Also, The Encyclopedia of World Art and The Oxford Companion to Art may be useful. The Art Index (an annual index of periodical literature on art) is very helpful. In addition, you may be assisted by interment and websites information; however, be aware of always recording and listing the source of your citation. Downloading information from the interment without proper citation constitutes plagiarism.

NOTE ON PLAGIARISM: Be careful never to copy directly or directly adapt from another author without crediting the source. General sources must be listed in a bibliography; any direct quotation or paraphrase must be footnoted. Any unacknowledged copying will receive and F for the course.

HANDOUTS: A series of xeroxed materials will be given out throughout the course in order to help you with your reading and writing assignments.

EVALUATION: The final exam will count 20% of your final semester grade. The paper will also count 20% of your final semester grade. And the two examinations plus class discussion, participation and oral presentations will count 60% of your final semester grade.

MUSEUM VISITS: Students are individually responsible for visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (both in Boston), the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge), the Worcester Art Museum (Worcester), Whistler House Museum (Lowell), the Philips Academy Museum (Andover), and the Curry Museum.

OPTIONAL MUSEUM VISITS: Probably during the semester the Art History Club will sponsor some field trips to the Boston Museums. Also, there will be schedules of one or two trips to New York City, Worcester and, New Haven and Hartford, CT., and Washington, D.C. in order to visit some major exhibitions or museums. You will be encouraged to attend, but not penalized for not participating in these trips.

OPTIONAL THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES: It is recommended that student try to attend a theatrical performance during the attendance of this course.

(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)

Oct. 3 - QUIZ I. It consists of identifying visual material presented in class and included in Trachtenberg and Hyman's Architecture. You will be required to identify the name of the artist (if known), the title of the art work, the style, and given an approximate date of the work.
The examination will consist of single slide identification, slide comparisons. The second day of the examination will be definition of terms and discussions on selected essays. Nov. 2- Notify me of your brief paper topic.
Nov. 21 - QUIZ II.
Same format used in the October 3 quiz.
Dec. 5 - PAPER DUE
Final Exam will be announced at a later date. The final exam format will be the same as the Mid-Term Examination. It will not be cumulative, that is to say, you will be tested only on the new material covered from the Mid-Term Examination on, but you will be responsible for the assimilation of general concepts of art history discussed in the earlier session.

(N.B. Subject to change with a week of prior notice)

July 13-15 - Historical and Cultural Background on the Theater
The First Theaters
Brown, Chater 1; Gronemeyer, pp. 7-22.
Recommended: (as it pertains to class presentation): Watson, A Cultural History of Theatre; Wise, Dionysus Writes: The Invention of Theatre in Ancient Greece; Artaud, Theater and Its Double; Bristol, Carnival and Carnivalesques

Primary Texts: Aeschylus' The Oresteia; Sophocles' The Theban Plays.

Videos: Greek Fire: Tragedy and Architecture; Peter Brooks, The Making of the Oresteia; Michael Cacoyannis, Electra;
Iphigenia, The Trojan Women; Antigone.

July 20-22 - Theater in Europe from the Middle Ages, Renaissance to the 1700
Brown, Chapter 2; Gronemeyer, pp. 34-60.
Recommended (as it pertains to class presentation): Barnett, The Genius of the Early English Theatre; Bristol, Carnivals and Carnivalesque; Evans, Elizabethan-Jacobean Drama: The Theatre in Its Time; Inigo Jones: Designs by Inigo Jones for Masques and Plays at Court; Launer: Harlequin on the Moon: Commedia Dell'Arte and the Visual Arts; Peacock, The Stage Designs of Inigo Jones; Petropaolo, The Science of Buffoonery: Theory and History of the Commedia Dell' Arte; Wise, Dionysus Writes: The Invention of Theatre in Ancient Greece.

Primary Texts: Aristophanes, Lysistrata; Plautus, The Menaechmi; The Second Shepherd's Play; The Jongleur de Notre Dame; Shakespeare, A Comedy of Errors; Jonson: Everyman in His Humor.

July 27-29 - Masque, Allegory and The Origins of Opera
Brown, Chapter 3, pp. 255-340; Gronemeyer, pp. 60-87.
Recommended (as it pertains to class presentation): Artaud: Theatre and Its Double; Campbell: Henry Purcell, Glory of his Age; Malekin: Consciousness, Literature and Theatre: Theory and Beyond; Davies: Happy Alchemy: On the Pleasures of Music and the Theatre; Robinson: Opera and Ideas from Mozart to Strauss; Steptoe: The Mozart-DaPonte Operas: The Cultural and Musical Background to La Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Cosi Fan Tutte; Steptoe: Mozart and the Enlightenment: Truth, Virtue and Beauty in Mozart's Operas.

Primary Texts: William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet; Ben Jonson: Volpone; Purcell: A Midsummer Night's Dream: An Opera; Molière: A School for Wives; Beaumarchais: The Marriage of Figaro; Mozart: La Nozze da Figaro.

August 3-5 - European and Western Theaters From 1700
Brown, Chapter 3, pp. 341-447; Gronemeyer, pp. 86-110.
Recommended (as it pertains to class presentation): Brustein: Cultural Calisthenic: Writings on Race, Politics and Theatre;
Hayward: Consuming Pleasure: Active Audiences and Serial Fictions from Dickens to Soap Opera; Malekin: Consciousness, Literature and Theatre: Theory and Beyond; Petrobelli: Music in the Theater: Essays on Verdi and Other Composers; Watson: A Cultural History of Theatre.

Primary Texts: Donizetti: A Daughter of the Regime-Lucia di Lammamoor; Mary Shelley: Frankenstein; Wagner: Parsifal;
Tchekov: The Cherry Orchard; Ibsen: An Enemy of the People; Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest; Verdi: Otello; Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author.

August 9-12 - World Theaters
Brown, Chapter 4; Gronemeyer, pp. 110-171.
Student Presentations: topics to be announced.