​​Théâtre et néoclassicisme: Dramatic Theory and Practice in Seventeenth-Century France and England

Literature | Theatre

Course Description

What gives a play its power on stage? How might events in the wider world influence the theory and practice of playwriting or affect stagecraft? In seventeenth-century France and England, an existing debate over the adoption of a Neoclassical approach to playwriting took on momentum and urgency. 

Se fondant sur leur compréhension de la pratique et de la théorie dramatiques de la Grèce et de la Rome antiques, les théoriciens néoclassicistes ont présenté des règles globales touchant les éléments de l’œuvre théâtrale, depuis la trame et les thèmes abordés, jusqu’à l’invention de personnages et au style d’écriture, en affirmant que l’adhésion à ces règles assurerait la production d’œuvres mieux conçues et plus édifiantes moralement. En France et en Angleterre, des théories néoclassicistes furent proposées, contestées et nuancées sur fond de questionnement social et moral et d’agitation politique.

We will focus on questions such as: In what ways did sociopolitical pressures impact theorists, playwrights, and theatres? To what extent did Neoclassicism promote social and political conservatism? 

Comment les règles néoclassiques ont-elles favorisé effectivement l’excellence dramatique? En quoi le néoclassicisme a-t-il limité ce qu’une œuvre dramatique pouvait exprimer?

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • TBA 

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 16 students and that TMI does not allow participants to audit courses for free. 

*Veuillez noter que ce cours est bilingue. 

Course Details

Location: Atwater

First Session: Wednesday, March 13th, 2024

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Rina Kampeas, Vincent Leuzy, Monique Lucas 

Degree Credit: 3 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

For 12-week courses, fees are refundable in full before the second session. If the participant withdraws after the second course, they will be charged a $50 fee. There is no refund after the third course has passed. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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