Spring 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)
Selected articles on theory and criticism; production reviews; plays such as "Intimate Apparel" by Lynn Nottage, "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall, "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner, "August: Osage County" by Tracy Letts, "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris, "Topdog/Underdog" by Suzan-Lori Parks, "Anna in the Tropics" by Nilo Cruz, and "Born Bad" by Debbie Tucker Greene.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Discussion Posts, Short Papers, Group Presentation Project, Individual Presentations, Critical Analysis 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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