Transnational Modern Drama: Beckett to Postmodern|
The postwar work of Samuel Beckett, prolific author of plays (both somewhat long and very, very short) provides the pivot point for our survey of the transnational movements of modern and postmodern drama from World War II to the present. After considering Beckett, we will turn to texts by European and American dramatists, including Fornes, Mueller, Kennedy, Shepard, Churchill, Kushner, and Parks. We will also reach beyond Europe and America to read such playwrights as Griselda Gambaro, Wole Soyinka, Athol Fugard, and Reza Abdoh. Throughout, we will trace the transnational genealogy of realism and its descendants (both legitimate and illegitimate), raising questions about the use and effectiveness of that particular genealogy and the ways in which it has been both embraced and challenged through dramatic literature.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
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Plays by Samuel Beckett, Adrienne Kennedy, Sam Shepard, Caryl Churchill, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, Griselda Gambaro, Wole Soyinka, Athol Fugard, and Reza Abdoh, among others.
In addition, essays in history, theory, and criticism.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Class presentation. Reading responses. One short essay (4-5 pages). One longer essay (8-10 pages). Mid-term and final exams. Attendance at one performance outside of class time.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
English Major Concentration: Theory & Literary Forms
|Instructor(s): Moore,Alice Rebecca Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: RLANB2; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 8||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 0||FR: 0|
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