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ERIC Number: ED196064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Theory Aspect of the Basic Course in Theory and Criticism.
Gross, Roger
Most theatre people (academic and professional) are disdainful of dramatic theory and related matters. Teachers of theory, criticism, and history assert the importance of their studies but do not demonstrate that importance. It is easier for teachers to expose students to explicit material on theory and test them to see if they remember it than to have the students analyze and evaluate it. A reasonable theory course might do the following to help students better understand the use of theory: (1) introduce the student to the basic issues of epistemology, as background for reading Plato and Aristotle; (2) exercise the basic conceptual and evidential skills by analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating assertions by Artistotle and other theorists; (3) synthesize available understanding, to make clear that theory is not what Aristotle said, but what is understood. Some classroom activities aimed at achieving these ends would include role playing in which the class takes the part of Aristotle defending drama to the instructor's Plato, who is trying to ban drama from his republic. Or the class might defend Shakespeare against Voltaire, which gives the students an opportunity to evaluate and understand these theories rather than just memorize them. (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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