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Dramakunde (lit. "knowledge of drama") is an early Afrikaans term used to refer to the study of drama and theatre history and dramatic texts. For example the original Drama Department of the University of Pretoria, which tended to focus on text analysis and history, was called the Departement Dramakunde, and the term also occurred as the name of a course in the syllabi of various departments, such as those at Bloemfontein, Stellenbosch and Potchefstroom.

Also used by schools in South Africa to refer to the theory aspect of a theatre-studies course.

Approximately equivalent terms in English would be Dramatic Studies, Drama Studies, Drama Science, etc. (It can also be inclusive of Theatre Studies, Theory of Theatre, Theatre Research, etc. in some cases.)

In the early 1990s Dramakunde was specifically replaced by the Germanic term Teaterwetenskap at the University of Stellenbosch and a few other institutions. A related Afrikaans term is Teaternavorsing (Theatre Research).


Teaterwoordeboek, Butterworth, 1977

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