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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2004

E s369 • Twentieth Century Drama

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84000 MTWThF
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
PAR 306

Course Description

We will read plays by established European Masters like Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett and Federico Lorca, as well as from international authors such as Wole Soyinka, Maria Irene Fornes, Gao Xingjian, and Egon Wolff. The plays will be considered in the way they stand alone to reveal human psychology, conflict, desire and tradition. They will also be studied in the ways they contribute to an understanding of literary periods (realism, naturalism, modernism, postmodernism, postcolonialism) and theatrical traditions (The Epic Theater, Theater of Cruelty, Theater of the Absurd). The plays from Latin America, Asia and Africa will illustrate how the established European theatrical traditions influence and are influenced by other performance traditions.

Grading Policy

Ten quizzes on the reading for the day. Best 7 taken for grade 20%
Participation in Classroom discussions 10%
Short Paper (2-3 pages) on assigned topic 10%
Test #1 On July 23 20%
Final Exam 40%


The Longman Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Drama: A Global Perspective


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