Undergraduate Courses, Spring 2004

Times and locations of class meetings are subject to change. Consult the UF Schedule of Courses for official class times and locations and an explanation of the class period abbreviations.

Lower Division (1000–2000) Special Content Courses

Note: Only course descriptions are listed below. For a comprehensive summary of course numbers, sections, times and locations, titles, and instructors, see the following web page:

CRW 2300

Honors Poetry Workshop

Michael Hoffman

No course description is available at this time.

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ENG 2935

Honors: Exploring the Medium of the Theatre

Sidney Homan

We will explore the medium of the theatre in two practical and immediate ways. One will be by “doing it” – rehearsing and performing scenes with a partner, and thereby experiencing the full dimensions of a play. After all, the play as performed is not just the text on the page but a variety of non-verbal, visual, spatial, and temporal elements: the subtext (what the character is feeling beneath the actual dialogue), blocking and stage movement, gestures, a host of non-verbal sounds at the actor’s option, along with lighting, costumes, and sound. To this end, we will use Pinter’s The Lover and Old Times, Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, and Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

We will also explore the theatre by involvement with the people staging plays. We will meet with the director and attend rehearsals of the brilliant Chilean play Secret Obscenities, where Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud have been reduced to elderly flashers sitting on a park bench outside a girls’ school in Santiago. We will do the same with Professor Homan’s own production of the internationally famous musical The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. We will also attend rehearsals and performances, as well as meeting the playwright, of the premier of a new work, The Jesus Spiders of Central Park. And we will attend and then critique two evenings of theatre: “An Evening with William Shakespeare” and “An Evening with Tom Stoppard.” Performance in the scene work and papers assessing the experience with the theatre are required.

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