E f379L • Contemporary Drama
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
This course will examine some of the most significant British and American plays of the second half of the twentieth century. We will pay special attention to questions of form, meaning, and cultural change. Also of concern will be the similarities and differences between these national repertories. Students will be urged (though not required) to supplement their course work with attendance at relevant dramatic productions.
2 exams 30% each
Attendance and participation (including any quiz grades) 40%
Participation will be evaluated qualitatively as well as quantitatively. Strict attendance is required; all unexcused absences will count against the final grade. Students will be required to turn off all electronic devices during class time.
Our reading may include such plays as A Streetcar Named Desire; The Homecoming; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Glengarry Glen Ross; True West; Angels in America, Part One; Angels in America, Part Two; Closer; and Plenty.