ENGL 253
Women and Theatre: Gender, Sexuality and the Stage
Last Offered Fall 2008
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed THEA 250 / WGST 250 / ENGL 253
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This tutorial course will consider the understudied role of women in western theatre–as active subjects, spectators, and authors–focusing on gender identity, sexuality, performativity, and representations of the body on stage and within drama. While the focus of the tutorial will be directed towards the modern period, we will begin by studying the role of women on the English Restoration stage and consider the increasing presence of women as audience members, playwrights, and performers throughout the nineteenth century. Within the modern period, close analysis of plays by Sophie Treadwell, Gertrude Stein, Lillian Hellman, Lorraine Hansberry, Maria Irene Fornes, Caryl Churchill, Adrienne Kennedy, Holly Hughes (WOW Cafe), Wendy Wasserstein, Naomi Iizuka, Suzan-Lori Parks, Eve Ensler, Sarah Kane, Sarah Ruhl, and others, will accompany readings of select gender and performance theory. Attention will be given to the diversity of race and class represented by the women subjects of our study. This tutorial is intended for sophomores and above.
Emphasis will be placed on developing skills in reading, interpretation, critical argumentation, and critical written and oral response.
The Class: Format: tutorial; students will meet with instructor in pairs for an hour each week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1508
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a 5- to 7-page paper every other week (five in all), and comment on their partner's papers in alternate weeks
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: majors in Theatre, English or Women and Gender Studies
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under THEA or ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
THEA 250 Division I WGST 250 Division I ENGL 253 Division I
Attributes: PERF Interdepartmental Electives

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