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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21St Street, B7600, HRH 2.114A, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2009

FR 390M • CONTEMPORARY FRENCH THEATRE

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36130 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
HRH 2.106C
WOLITZ

Course Description

French theater continues to play a major role in world theater and Paris continues to be a major venue for theatrical events and festivals. By studying the recent key plays and playwrights as well as the theatrical movements to which they belong (or from which they revolt), this course maps the shape and direction of contemporary French theater. We shall also explore the roles of the major theaters, directors and festivals. The course will emphasize the most contemporary productions and directions. The plays will be analyzed by techniques drawn from literary criticism, semiotics and performative theory. When appropriate, certain scenes will be given a dramatic reading. This course will permit the student to enter and become part of the discourse of present day French theater. Many of these plays will be screened -- direct from Paris!

Readings will be in French. Lectures, discussions and presentations in French (English permitted for non-French majors only).

Grading Policy

Assignments: Class presentation (15-20 minutes): 30% Midterm: 30% Final or paper: 40%

Texts

Readings will be in French. Lectures, discussions and presentations in French (English permitted for non-French majors only). One act/full length (where films of production available, they will be shown). 1) The Popular Theatre or Le Théâtre des boulevards: Reza, Art; Schmitt, Le Libertin. 2) Théâtre Du Quotidien: J.-P. Wenzel, Loin d'Hagondange. 3) Théâtre historique: Carriere, La Controverse de Valladolid; Durif, La nuit des feux. 4) Feminist Theater: Noelle Renaude, Les Cendres Et Les Lampions; Sarraute, Pour un oui ou pour un non; Bonal, Les Pas Perdus. 5) Théâtre Gay: Copi, Une Visite Inopportune. 6) Théâtre social des questions minoritaires en France: a) les Arabes: Bonal, Portrait de famille; Durringer, Les Déplacés b) les Juifs: Grumberg, L'Atelier; Maman revient pauvre orphelin; Vers toi terre promise. 7) Théâtre Québecois: Tremblay, Albertine en 5 temps; M-M. Bouchard, Les Feluettes; Les Muses Orphelines. 8) Les Deux grands auteurs dramatiques apres Beckett: Koltès et Lagarce Koltès, La Nuit juste devant la foret; Dans la solitude des champs de coton Lagarce, Derniers Remords Avant L'Oubli; J'étais dans la maison et j'attendais que la pluie vienne. 9) Théâtre Epique: Le Mahabaharata de Peter Brooks et de J.M Carrière; Cixous, Tambours sur la digue [Théâtre Soleil]. 10) La Nouvelle Génération: L'avant-garde 2000, Py, Jeunesse; Minyana, Le Couloir; Pascal Rembert, Toute la vie; Hubert Colas, La Brûlure; Melquiot, Faire l'amour est une maladie mentale qui gaspille du temps et de l'énergie.

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