Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the interpretation and critical analysis of poetic and dramatic works in order to foster an appreciation for each genre as a literary art form. We explore both genres from a humanities’ perspective in order to emphasize the value of both common and divergent human experiences.


The Lectures

1 - Ars Poetica

2 - The Sound of Sense

3 - Imagery, Symbols & Figures of Speech

4 - Song & Sound

5 - Form

6 - Myth & Identity

7 - Poetic Criticism

8 - The Elements & History of Drama

9 - Close Reading, Criticism & Review

10 - Greek & Renaissance Drama

11 - Neoclassicism, Melodrama & The Rise of Realism (Part I)

12 - Neoclassicism, Melodrama & The Rise of Realism (Part II)

13 - Experimentation & Contemporary Theater (Part I)

14 - Experimentation & Contemporary Theater (Part II)