Staging America: Modern American Drama|
AMST 125, COL 125, AFAM 152, FGSS 175, THEA 172|
Can modern American drama--as cultural analysis--teach us to re-read how America "ticks"? Together we will explore this question as we read and discuss some of the most provocative classic and uncanonized plays written between the 1910s and the present. Plays by Susan Glaspell, Eugene O'Neill, Mike Gold, workers theater troupes, the Federal Theater Project, Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Amiri Baraka, Arthur Kopit, Ntozake Shange, David Mamet, Tony Kushner, and others will help us think about what's at stake in staging America and equip us as critical thinkers, close readers of literature, and imaginative historians of culture and theater. The readings, lectures, and discussions will help members of the class navigate the curriculum and consider subjects such as English; American studies; theater; the College of Letters; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; African American studies; and the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate. This class is designed specifically for first-year students.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: (If discrepancies exist between major readings in Wesmaps and the results generated by the Text Book Information link, defer to the readings posted in Broad Street Books.)|
Text Book Information
Susan Glaspell and George Cram Cook, SUPPRESSED DESIRES
Susan Glaspell, TRIFLES, THE VERGE
Eugene O'Neill, THE EMPEROR JONES, THE HAIRY APE, LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
[Workers Theater Troupe], ART IS A WEAPON
Gregory Novikov, Workers Laboratory Theatre, NEWSBOY
Clifford Odets, WAITING FOR LEFTY
Tennessee Williams, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Arthur Miller, THE DEATH OF A SALESMAN
Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), THE DUTCHMAN, THE SLAVE
Arthur Kopit, INDIANS
Ntozake Shange, SPELL #7
David Mamet, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
Tony Kushner, ANGELS IN AMERICA
Bertolt Brecht, "Theatre for Pleasure Or Theatre for Instruction"
Judith Butler, "Performative Acts and Gender Constitution"
Derek Attridge, "Creation and the Other"
Lois Rudnick, "The New Woman"
John C. Burnham, "The New Psychology"
Ernest Allen, Jr., "The New Negro"
|Examination and Assignments: |
|Instructor(s): Pfister,Joel Times: .M.W.F. 12:00PM-12:50PM; Location: PAC104; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 2||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 25|
|Web Resources: Moodle|