Scripts and Shows: Modern Drama as Literature and Performance|
Fall 2011 not offered
Why read plays? What is the place of drama in literary studies? In modern culture and society? What answers to these questions are suggested by the works of classic modern writers like Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Brecht, and Beckett, and contemporaries like Tony Kushner and Suzan-Lori Parks? These are some of the questions we will try to answer as we examine a selection of plays from the modernist canon and the contemporary stage. This is a literature course, and no experience of theater is necessary, but we will pay some attention to imagining how scripts might be realized in performance, and there will be a chance for students to participate in rehearsed readings.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Classic plays by Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Brecht.
More recent plays by Lorca, Williams, Hansberry, Wilson, Parks, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three 5-7 page essays during the semester. A take-home final exercise.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular scheduled participation in brief rehearsed readings.
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