THEA 365 Spring 2014 Beckett, Pinter and Stoppard

Cross Listed as ENGL365
Over the past half century, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard have been the most influential playwrights of the anglophone theatre and beyond. This course will explore their shared concern with the capacities and dysfunctions of language, their questioning of Art's value and the scope for originality in the post-nuclear and postmodern era, and, above all, their mutual focus on the extent to which selfhood may be realized in and through performance. Besides reading major plays, we will also give some consideration to the dramatic work these writers have crafted for radio, television and film, and to the political and social commitments which have animated and counterpointed their literary careers. Readings will be drawn from: Endgame, The Birthday Party, Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Krapp's Last Tape, The Homecoming, Arcadia, Old Times, Betrayal, Waiting for Godot, The Invention of Love, Rock 'n' Roll, Dogg's Hamlet, Not I, Rockaby, A Kind of Alaska, Catastrophe, Artist Descending a Staircase and One for the Road. Throughout, we will give consideration to these works as both literary and theatrical texts.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two 7-page papers, regular reading responses, and active participation in class discussion
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: English and Theatre majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3773
THEA365-01(S) SEM Beckett, Pinter & Stoppard Division 1: Languages and the Arts James L. Pethica
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Griffin 5 3773
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