SRJC Course Outlines

6/21/2024 6:24:03 AMENGL 11 Course Outline as of Fall 2019

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 11Title:  INTRO TO DRAMATIC LIT  
Full Title:  Introduction to Dramatic Literature
Last Reviewed:11/26/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Introduction to dramatic literature that emphasizes critical reading, discussion, and analytic writing about dramatic works. This course will cover the history of drama by paying specific attention to dramatic genres, like tragedy and comedy, and the various prominent movements in world theaters.

Course Completion of ENGL 1A

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction to dramatic literature that emphasizes critical reading, discussion, and analytic writing about dramatic works. This course will cover the history of drama by paying specific attention to dramatic genres, like tragedy and comedy, and the various prominent movements in world theaters.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2013
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2013
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 2013
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2013Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2013Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: THTR 114 Script Analysis SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ENGL11

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Read, comprehend, analyze, and interpret works of dramatic literature.
2.  Apply one or more critical approaches to literature in well-developed, logically
    organized and thesis-driven interpretive and analytical essays on widely recognized
    works of literature.
3.  Demonstrate an understanding of a play's significance by identifying its dramatic elements,
    structure, genre, and literary and cultural importance.
4.  Demonstrate an awareness of the power of verbal performance in regard to its influence in
    rhetoric and interpretation.
5.  Relate the literary works to their historical, philosophical, social, political, regional, and/or
    aesthetic contexts.

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In order to achieve the Student Learning Outcomes for the course, students will:
1. Read and analyze selected works from the history of drama in their cultural and historical
2. Identify and analyze those elements that help define the genre.
3. Examine a variety of critical and theoretical approaches toward interpreting texts
and apply those critical approaches to interpreting works of dramatic literature.
4. Explain how playwrights use particular conventions to create dramatic meaning.
1. Apply the elements of effective writing (e.g., a clear thesis, sound organization, and sufficient
    development) to the writing of expository and argumentative essays on dramatic literature.
2. Perform literary and historical research in order to support an interpretation of the literature.
3. Apply various critical approaches in developing written responses to plays.
4. Write literary analysis essays, revealing the ability to effectively interpret literature, integrate
    secondary sources and criticism, and apply the Modern Language Association (MLA)
    format for manuscript form, citations, and works cited.

Topics and Scope
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I. What is a Play?
    A. Duration
     B. Genre
         1. Tragedy
         2. Comedy
         3. Farce
         4. Melodrama
    C. Structure
          1. The Components of a Play
              a. Plot
              b. Characters
              c. Theme
              d. Diction
              e. Music
              f. Spectacle
              g. Convention
         2. The Order of a Play
               a. The Gathering of the Audience
               b. The Transition
               c. The Exposition
               d. The Conflict
               e. The Climax
               f. The Denouement
               g. The Curtain Call
               h. The Aftermath: Criticism
II. The History of Theater
    A. Oral tradition, ritual, and myth
    B. Greek
    C. Roman
    D. Medieval European
    E. Early Modern European 1500 to 1700
    F. Early Modern World Drama
    G. Eighteenth-Century: Melodrama, Romanticism, and the Technical Developments in
    H. Realism and Naturalism
    I.  Modern
     J.  Postwar
    K. Contemporary 
III. How to Read a Play
     A. Conventions of written drama
     B. Interpreting script directions
IV. Criticism and Critical Approaches to Literature
    A. Biographical
    B. Deconstruction
    C. Economic (Marxist)
    D. Formalist
    E. Gender
         1. Feminist
         2. Masculinist
         3. Queer Theory
    F. Historical
    G. New Criticism
    H. Psychological
        1. Freudian
        2. Jungian
        3. Mythological
     I. Reader Response
     J. Sociological/Cultural
V. Film and Theater

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1. Reading assignments of 20-100 pages per week readings of varying lengths, including one act
    plays, full-length plays, and literary criticism; other reading activities such as:
    a. Reading and / or performance of sections from each play
    b. Integration of reader's theater to enhance reading skills and confidence
2. Reading-based writing assignments (2-10), such as:
    a. Annotating, paraphrasing, and summarizing exercises /activities
    b. Composing reading and personal responses in reaction to readings, videos, lectures, plays,
         and performances
    c. Reading journal entries
    d. Double Entry reading logs
3. Writing assignments including researched-based, academic essays (2-3) and other short
    writing assignments (totaling 6,500 - 8,000 words), such as:
    a. Academic essays
    b. Learning logs
    c. Journal entries
    d. Timed writing
    e. Detailed summaries and/or reading responses
4. Problem-solving exercises focused on library research, such as:
    a. Library research exercises
    b. Library research essays
    c. Library research presentations and/or projects
    d. Annotated Bibliography
5. Quizzes (0-10) and/or Exams (0-3)
6. Other
    a. Group or individual presentations about particular works, authors, schools of criticism, time
         periods, or literary styles, (oral, video, online, etc.)  
     b. Viewing of videos outside the classroom setting
    c. Field trips to attend plays and/or SRJC Theatre Arts productions

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
60 - 80%
Reading-based writing assignments; Research-based, academic essays; other short writing assignments
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 10%
Library research assignments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 20%
Quizzes and examinations
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%
Attendance; class participation in discussions; group or individual presentations

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Norton Anthology of Drama, Vols. 1 & 2. 3rd ed. W.W. Norton. 2017
The Bedford Introduction to Drama. 8th ed. Jacobus, Lee.  Bedford/St. Martin's. 2017
Backwards and Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays. Ball, David. Southern Illinois University Press. 1983 (classic)
Any of the plays in the series Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism. Ross C. Murfin, series ed., Bedford/St. Martin's Press. Current Editions.
Any of the plays in the series Norton Critical Editions.
Instructor prepared materials

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