(required optional course)
Péter Szaffkó

This course is designed to give an introduction to the general history of English-Canadian theatre and drama from the beginnings to the late 1970s. The course is a combined form of lectures ans seminars and students will have to read primary as well as secondary sources pertaining to the formulation of the national character of modern Canadian theatre andd drama. The final grade will primarily be based on a home essay of 5-7 typewritten pages on various topics to be announced during the course.

Topics and assignments:
(L indicates lectures)

Week of
Sep 8


Sep 15

A Brief History of Canada (L)

Sep 22

The Beginnings of Canadian Theatre and Drama (L)

Sep 29

Canadian Theatre in the 19thand Early 20thCentury (L)

Oct 6 Drama in the 19th Century - Three Short Plays:
Sam Scribble: Dolorsolatio (1865)
Nicholas Flood Davin: The Fair Grit (1876)
Sarah Ann Curzon: The Sweet Girl Graduate (1897)

Oct 20 The Search for a National Identity in the Drama:
Robertson Davies: At My Heart's Core (1950)


Nov 3

The Birth of Modern Canadian Theatre and Drama (L)

Representative Modern Plays:

Nov 10

David Herbert: Fortune and Men's Eyes (1967)

Nov 17

George Ryga: The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (1967)

Dec 1

Michael Cook: Jakob's Wake (1975)

Dec 8

George F. Walker: Zastrozzi (1977)

Dec 15

Recent Trends and Tendencies: An appetizer for the second part of the course (Each play will be accompanied by commentaries or critical writing)