Fall 2020 not offered
AFAM 279, THEA 280|
With textual analysis and intellectual criticism at its core, this course examines the dramatic work of award-winning playwrights through theoretical, performative, and aesthetic frames. The first half of our investigation explores companion texts written by premier playwrights. In the latter end of the course, we examine singular texts written by acclaimed newcomers. A select range of reviews and popular press publications help to supplement our discussions. In all cases, we are interested in surveying the ways in which these playwrights work within varying modes of dramatic expression and focus their plays on such topics as class, ethnicity, era, disability, gender, locale, nationality, race, and/or sexuality.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(THEA)
Major readings include the following plays and select production reviews:
debbie tucker green BORN BAD
stephen karam THE HUMANS
tarell alvin mccraney THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS
bruce norris CLYBOURNE PARK
joe penhall BLUE/ORANGE
paula vogel INDECENT
quiara hudes WATER BY THE SPOONFUL
tony kushner ANGELS IN AMERICA
lin-manuel miranda HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION
lynn nottage SWEAT
j. t. rogers OSLO
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Assignments include: three short papers, one group presentation project, intermittent discussion posts (class participation), one Op-Ed opinion post, and short analytical final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference requirement and contributes toward the American Literature, Race & Ethnicity, Theory & Literary Forms, and Creative Writing concentrations of the English Major. This course counts towards the Theater Major as a dramatic literature course.
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