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Comedy, Spring 2008
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This course looks at comedy in drama, novels, and films from Classical ...

This course looks at comedy in drama, novels, and films from Classical Greece to the twentieth century. Focusing on examples from Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Cervantes, MoliĚŹre, Wilde, Chaplin, and Billy Wilder, along with theoretical contexts, the class examines comedy as a transgressive mode with revolutionary social and political implications. This is a Communications Intensive (CI) class with emphasis on discussion, and frequent, short essays.

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Arts and Humanities
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M.I.T.
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Kelley, Wyn
American Soap Operas, Spring 2008
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The television landscape has changed drastically in the past few years; nowhere ...

The television landscape has changed drastically in the past few years; nowhere is this more prevalent than in the American daytime serial drama, one of the oldest forms of television content. This class examines the history of these "soap operas" and their audiences by focusing on the production, consumption, and media texts of soaps. The class will include discussions of what makes soap operas a unique form, the history of the genre, current experimentation with transmedia storytelling, the online fan community, and comparisons between daytime dramas and primetime serials from 24 to Friday Night Lights, through a study of Procter & Gamble's As the World Turns.

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Sociology
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Ford, Samuel
Texts, Topics, and Times in German Literature, Fall 2009
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"In diesem Kurs erhalten Sie einen ?berblick ?ber einige wichtige literarische Texte, ...

"In diesem Kurs erhalten Sie einen ?berblick ?ber einige wichtige literarische Texte, Tendenzen und Themen aus der deutschsprachigen Literatur- und Kulturszene. Wir werden literarische Texte, Gedichte, Theaterst?cke und Essays untersuchen, sowie andere ?sthetische Formen besprechen, wie Film und Architektur. Da alle Texte gleichzeitig in ihrem spezifischen kulturellen Kontext gelesen werden, tragen sie zu einem Verst?ndnis von verschiedenen historischen Aspekten bei. Unter anderen werden folgende Themen und Fragestellungen besprochen: Technologie und deren Einfluss auf die Gesellschaft, Fragen der Ethik bei wissenschaftlicher Arbeit, Konstruktion von nationaler Geschichte und kollektivem Ged?chtnis."

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Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Literature
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M.I.T.
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Jaeger, Dagmar
Reading Poetry, Spring 2009
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""Reading Poetry" has several aims: primarily, to increase the ways you can ...

""Reading Poetry" has several aims: primarily, to increase the ways you can become more engaged and curious readers of poetry; to increase your confidence as writers thinking about literary texts; and to provide you with the language for literary description. The course is not designed as a historical survey course but rather as an introductory approach to poetry from various directions -- as public or private utterances; as arranged imaginative shapes; and as psychological worlds, for example. One perspective offered is that poetry offers intellectual, moral and linguistic pleasures as well as difficulties to our private lives as readers and to our public lives as writers. Expect to hear and read poems aloud and to memorize lines; the class format will be group discussion, occasional lecture."

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Arts and Humanities
Composition and Rhetoric
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Vaeth, Kim
Japanese IV, Spring 2009
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"This course covers Japanese: The Spoken Language lessons 17 through 22. It ...

"This course covers Japanese: The Spoken Language lessons 17 through 22. It will further develop the four basic skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing, that students have acquired through Japanese I, II and III courses, with emphasis on oral communication skills in various practical situations. Students will learn approximately 100 Kanji characters in this course. Sessions in English cover grammar explanation, socio-cultural information and other important issues for using the language, while Japanese lessons focus on the actual use of the language, integrating students' prior knowledge with newly learned patterns, and communicating within the frame given in the class."

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Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Languages
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M.I.T.
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Nagatomi, Ayumi
Nagaya, Yoshimi
Shingu, Ikue
Classics of Chinese Literature, Fall 2011
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This course is an introduction to three of the major genres of ...

This course is an introduction to three of the major genres of traditional Chinese literature - poetry, fiction and drama, with a focus on vernacular fiction. We will read translations of a number of the "masterworks" of Chinese literature. We will also examine the intertextuality between these genres - how poetry blends into narrative, how fiction becomes drama, and drama inspires fiction. Through reading these selected works of traditional Chinese literature, we will examine some of the major features of traditional Chinese society: religious and philosophical beliefs, the imperial system and dynastic change, gender relations, notions of class and ethnicity, family, romance and sexuality. All works are read in translation; no language background is necessary.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Emma Teng
Studies in Drama: Stoppard and Company, Spring 2014
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Taking as its starting point the works of one of Britain's most ...

Taking as its starting point the works of one of Britain's most respected, prolific—and funny—living dramatists, this seminar will explore a wide range of knowledge in fields such as math, philosophy, politics, history and art. The careful reading and discussion of plays by (Sir) Tom Stoppard and some of his most compelling contemporaries (including Caryl Churchill, Anna Deveare Smith and Howard Barker) will allow us to time-travel and explore other cultures, and to think about the medium of drama as well as one writer's work in depth. Some seminar participants will report on earlier plays that influenced these writers, others will research everything from Lord Byron's poetry to the bridges of Konigsberg, from Dadaism to Charter 77. Employing a variety of critical approaches (both theoretical and theatrical), we will consider what postmodernity means, as applied to these plays. In the process, we will analyze how drama connects with both the culture it represents and that which it addresses in performance. We will also explore the wit and verbal energy of these contemporary dramatists…not to mention, how Fermat's theorem, classical translation, and chaos theory become the stuff of stage comedy.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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M.I.T.
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Diana Henderson
Diane Henderson
American Literature I (ENGL 246)
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In this class we will practice skills in reading, analyzing, and writing ...

In this class we will practice skills in reading, analyzing, and writing about fiction, poetry and drama from a select sampling of 20th Century American Literature. Through class discussion, close reading, and extensive writing practice, this course seeks to develop critical and analytical skills, preparing students for more advanced academic work.

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Literature
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Reading
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Provider:
Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
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5d. Greek Literature
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Greek dramas typically dealt with important issues of the day, posed tough ...

Greek dramas typically dealt with important issues of the day, posed tough questions, and educated theatergoers. Attendance at dramas was considered such a valuable experience that sometimes the government would pay for the tickets.

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Literature
Ancient History
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Reading
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Independence Hall Association
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Ancient Civilizations
Twelfth Night Act 5
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In this video from Penn State's School of Theatre production of Twelfth ...

In this video from Penn State's School of Theatre production of Twelfth Night, Olivia realizes she has married Sebastian and Viola (Cesario) reveals to Orsino that she is a woman. Malvolio is freed from captivity and Sir Toby and Maria are married.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Lecture
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PBS LearningMedia
WPSU
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Analyzing Advice as an Introduction to Shakespeare
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Popular culture provides an introduction to Shakespeare's poetic devices in this lesson, ...

Popular culture provides an introduction to Shakespeare's poetic devices in this lesson, which asks students to explore an excerpt from Shakespeare's "Hamlet".

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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ReadWriteThink
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ReadWriteThink
Arguments for Arts Education
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Principals and fine arts teachers from various schools in New York City ...

Principals and fine arts teachers from various schools in New York City demonstrate their commitment to providing arts education to their students. They explain how dance, drama, improv and music give students the opportunity to express themselves and to communicate with others in different, meaningful ways.The principals and teachers find significant value in exposing students to a variety of artistic avenues and find it enhances their performance in academic areas such as math, language arts, and science. Thus, despite major budget cuts, they have found ways to maintain their commitment to providing students with rich experiences in arts education.

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Arts and Humanities
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Teaching Channel
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Teaching Channel
Basic Filmmaking for High School Drama Departments
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This is a course in Narrative Film Production which shows how drama ...

This is a course in Narrative Film Production which shows how drama departments can create short motion pictures as part of a drama class. Currently, we have only one lesson. But eventually, there will be more. And with each lesson, you will participate in the making of a movie based on your own story.

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Arts and Humanities
Film and Music Production
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Full Course
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Reading
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Wikiversity
Book Report Alternative: Characters for Hire! Studying Character in Drama
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In this alternative to the traditional book report, students respond to a ...

In this alternative to the traditional book report, students respond to a play they have read by creating a resume for one of its characters.

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Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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ReadWriteThink
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Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
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What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and ...

What does Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at which the play was written?This unit will help you to discover the intricacies of the play and recognise how a knowledge of the historical and political background of the time can lead to a very different understanding of the author's intended meaning.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Activity/Lab
Reading
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Provider:
The Open University
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Open University OpenLearn
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The Open University