FTH3110 Introduction to Script Analysis

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. J.L. Guerriero

Course Description:

Theoretical and practical analysis of play scripts from a theatrical perspective. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of structure, genre, theme, style, character, language, dramatic event, and point of view of the actor, director, critic, and audience. Develops beginner dramaturgy skills and hermeneutical approaches to reading scripts.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Foundational perspectives in dramaturgy, the course takes an introductory approach to reading play scripts, utilizing Aristotles basic elements of drama (plot, theme, character, dialogue, rhythm, spectacle) as well as modern elements (convention, genre, and audience). It provides an introduction to line-by-line analysis of the dialogue and the idea of French scenes.

Why This Course Is Important:

Script analysis can be described as the hermeneutics of the play. Students who study script analysis will learn to have a deeper appreciate for every drama they study, including the greatest drama: the story of Christ. In a time when Christian performances (particularly films) are mocked as cheesy, script analysis and dramaturgy skills will aid the student practitioner in producing a good, solid work that holds up to secular scrutiny.