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PAST 220 Dramaturgy & Script Analysis

Using the familiar elements of Aristotle's Poetics and various contemporary texts as a springboard, the student will confront several different approaches to grappling with and metabolizing scripts. There is no master key that unlocks all scripts, so the course addresses a range of analytical perspectives, examining work of various 21st Century genres. The first half of the course focuses on dramaturgy of play scripts; the second, on script analysis of film, TV, and video games. Students will take apart scripts from each genre, analyzing relationships between form and content as well as identifying the techniques and devices writers use to make their scripts sing.


3 credits