ENGL 234
The Modern Theatre: Plays and Performance Spring 2010
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 248 / ENGL 234 / THEA 248
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A survey of major trends in playwriting and performance practice from the late nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. We will read major playwrights from a variety of national traditions, always considering their works in the context of evolutionary and revolutionary transformations of theatre practice. Artists and movements will include Realism and Naturalism (Stanislavsky, Antoine, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw), Symbolism (Wilde, Maeterlink), Expressionism (Kaiser), Futurism (Mayakovsky, Marinetti), the Epic Theatre (Brecht, Piscator), The Theatre of Cruelty (Artaud), the “Absurd,” (Beckett, Genet, Pinter) the collectivist avant-garde (Grotowski, Living Theatre, Open Theatre), and more recent playwriting.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion format will focus on dialectical interplay between dramatic writing and trends in acting, directing, design, theatre architecture and the actor/audience relationship
Limit: 18
Expected: 18
Class#: 3390
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in class discussion, midterm exam, final exam, one major paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre majors
Unit Notes: meets post-1900 requirement in English major only if registration is under ENGL
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 248 Division I ENGL 234 Division I THEA 248 Division I

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