Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4890 TEAGUE, FRANCES T 2 :00 PM 0325


Libraries and Performance (aka Dramaturgy, Research and Methods, Libraries and Theatre)
2-4:45 Tu in the Special Collections Library 325. 

Fran Teague

This course was the very first class in UGA’s special collections library, working with rare materials connected with plays.  You will learn about the basic work of doing research on performances and about the special materials that UGA owns.  Our textbook is Michael Chemers’ Ghost Light.

If you have ever wanted to do research on the background of a script/screenplay or on past productions, this course will teach you how.  We’ll also be talking about how a production company develops new work, how to prepare educational materials for the general public, and how to make a library work for you. (This introduction to Libraries and Theatre will take up about a third of the class.) You'll prepare four short reports on your "scavenger hunts" in the libraries during these weeks for 20% of your grade.

The special materials we’ll see include manuscript materials by such figures as dramatist Tennessee Williams, the 19th-century actress Fanny Kemble, and the character actor Charles Coburn. We can also see original design work and archival posters for major Broadway productions.  Finally, we will have access to the incredible riches of the Peabody Awards.  Our work in the archives should occupy about a third of the class. This section of the course will culminate in two things.  First is your formal research proposal, which should run 3-5 pp. and be 20% of the grade.  Second, working with a partner, you will develop a dramaturg’s background book for an actual production.

The final third is devoted to you:  you’ll develop an independent project and present it to the class with plenty of guidance and assistance. The presentation will be 20% of the grade, and the formal essay about your research will be 40% of the grade.   If you want to research Fanny Kemble’s remarkable story, write an essay about the changes that Tennessee Williams made to a script, examine how mountebanks are presented on stage, or investigate the making of South Park, Deliverance, or Gone with the Wind, come on along! (In past terms, students have tackled all of these topics.

The course is offered as THEA 4700/6700 OR as ENGL 4890/6890. This class is split with undergrad and grad, but since each student will work on an independent project, the split should cause few problems. This course should be helpful for any undergraduate who wants a CURO project or graduate who wants a conference presentation, and best of all, it should be fun.