FR 390M • CONTEMPORARY FRENCH THEATRE
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
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 will map the shape and direction of both contemporary French and Francophone theater. We shall 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.
Assignments: Class presentation (10 minutes) Midterm Final or paper
Readings will be in French. one act/full length (where films of production available, they will be shown) 1) The Most Contemporary Popular Playwrights: Lagarce, 2 plays; Eric Emmanuel Schmitt, Le Libertin 2) Feminist Theater: Reza, Art; Noelle Renaude, Les Cendres Et Les Lampions 3) Gay Theater: Copi, Grande Finale 4) Minority Theater in French: Grumberg, L'Atelier 5) Avant-garde Theater: Philippe Minyana, Inventaires; Vinaver, Les Travaux Et Les Jours, Xavier Durringer, a play. 6) Francophone Theater a) Africa: Marie N'Daye, Papa doit manger b) Quebec: Michel Marc Bouchard, Les Feluettes; Les Muses Orphelines; Michel Tremblay, Albertine en 5 temps 7) Social Theater: Koltes, La Nuit Devant la Forêt; Dans la solitude des champs de coton; J-M. Carriere, La Controverse de Valladolid 8) Mythic Theater: Le Mahabharata