Theatre History II

This course surveys the major periods and trends in the theatre through an examination of performance environments, theatre architecture, design, acting styles, scripts, audiences, and the social and cultural conditions of the times.



Schiller, “The Stage as a Moral Institution”

Diderot, “The Paradox of Acting”

Hugo, “Preface to Cromwell”

Mme. de Staël, “Of the Dramatic Art”

Zola, “Naturalism in the Theatre”

Brecht, “Theatre for Pleasure, Theatre for Instruction” and “The Modern Theatre is the Epic Theatre”

Artaud,  “No More Masterpieces”

Miller, “Tragedy and the Common Man”

Parks, “Elements of Style”

Dramatic Literature

Boucicault, The Octoroon

Treadwell, Machinal

Living Newspaper Triple-A Plowed Under

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Dutchman

Suzan-Lori Parks, Pickling

Akhtar, Disgraced

Jacobs-Jenkins, An Octoroon


Carlson, “French Stage Composition From Hugo to Zola”

Saxon, “The Circus as Theatre: Astley’s and Its Actors in the Age of Romanticism”


Wilson and Goldfarb, Living Theatre: A History of Theatre 6th ed.