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THTR 420 History of Theatre II

Key movements in world theatre history from the nineteenth century to the present.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Pre-reqs: THTR 320.

Equivalents: THTR 415

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
THTR 420 001Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri11:0012:00

PRE-REQUISITE OF THTR 320 IS NOT NECESSARY TO TAKE THTR 420. Students should be in their 3rd or 4th year or have already completed THTR 210 or THTR 211. If you are unable to register because of the pre-req, please contact the Department. If this section if FULL or BLOCKED please sign up for the corresponding wait list section - THTR 420, Section WL1. Once you have registered in the wait list there is no need to contact the Department. Your registration will be switched to the parent section when space becomes available. Preference may be given to Majors, Minors, or Honours students in Theatre or Film. For more information about Department of Theatre and Film wait lists please visit: ht and ~


THTR 420 provides a survey of some of the major works and authors in modern western theatre (late 1800s to contemporary theatre). In addition to reading plays as representative of particular authors, periods and movements in theatre history, we will also read plays against each other, examining the ways in which similar themes are dealt with in different periods, exploring issues of gender, politics, and other social issues. It is expected that by the end of the course students will have an understanding of the broad outlines of some of the major issues of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century theatre history. THTR 320 is not required for students to register in this course, but students should be in their 3rd or 4th year.