THTREMUS 399 - Topics in Drama
Section: 017 Vict World of Gilbert and Sullivan
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Theatre and Drama (THTREMUS)
Department: Music: Theatre and Drama
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is an introduction to the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert (librettist) and Arthur Sullivan (composer), performed in London between 1871 and 1896. Combining historical readings with analysis of literary, theatrical, and musical elements, we will focus each week on one Gilbert & Sullivan opera to explore how it parodies (in words and in music) different aspects of Victorian culture.

We will also view “Topsy-Turvy,” the award-winning film about the collaboration of Gilbert & Sullivan, and we will attend a live performance of “H.M.S. Pinafore,” produced on campus in spring 2016 by the UM Gilbert and Sullivan Society (UMGASS).

Course Requirements:

Course expectations include regular attendance and participation, weekly response papers, a final research paper of 8-10 pages, and a creative response. No mid-term, no final exam.

Intended Audience:

This course is open to students across all departments. Previous experience with performance is welcome, but not required.

Class Format:

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THTREMUS 399 - Topics in Drama
Schedule Listing
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25953
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MW 12:00PM - 1:30PM
Note: WRITING THE SOLO PIECE FOR PERFORMERS & NONPERFORMERS
003 (REC)
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32120
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20
 
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M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: meet with WS 313
007 (SEM)
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20033
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26
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: meets with RCHUMS 281.001 in Keene Aud.
008 (SEM)
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20094
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13
 
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MWF 1:00PM - 3:00PM
MWF 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Note: class meets in Keene Aud with RCHUMS 482.001
012 (REC)
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28838
Open
8
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
017 (REC)
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24570
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10
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: MEETS W/ENGLISH 346.001 TOPSY-TURVY: THE VICTORIAN WORLD OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN Created in London between 1871 and 1896, the comic operas of W. S. Gilbert (librettist) and Arthur Sullivan (composer) have been widely performed for more than a century. This course introduces students to the late nineteenth-century context of Gilbert and Sullivan?s theatrical collaboration, focusing in particular on aspects of Victorian culture that they parodied through words and music. Each week we will read and discuss one of the ?Savoy? operas, mostly in chronological order, combining selected historical readings with analysis of literary, theatrical, and musical elements. We will also consider the award-winning film, ?Topsy-Turvy,? and attend a live performance presented by the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Throughout the semester we will reflect on the critical and creative possibilities of parody. This course fulfills the Poetry requirement for English majors. It is open to students across all departments. Previous experience with performance is welcome, but not required. Course requirements include regular attendance and active participation in class, weekly short response papers, a longer critical essay (written in several drafts), a creative response, and a reflection on the final writing portfolio. No mid-term, no final exam.
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