COMP 248
The Modern Theatre: Plays and Performance
Last Offered Spring 2016
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 248 / ENGL 234 / THEA 248
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This seminar will examine major trends in global theatre and performance from the turn of the nineteenth century through the postwar period. We will explore a variety of national traditions, comparing and positioning works in the context of revolutionary transformations of theatre practice. Artists to be considered may include: Strindberg, Ibsen, Wilde, Chekhov, Shaw, Pirandello, Treadwell, Artaud, O’Neill, Hughes, Stein, Williams, Hansberry, Al-Hakim, Brecht, Beckett, Abe, Genet, Soyinka, Pinter, Albee, Wilson, Gambaro, and Fornes. Although emphasis will be given to textual analysis and close reading, we will also consider trends in acting, directing, design, theatre architecture and the actor/audience relationship whenever possible.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 10
Class#: 3981
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two five-page papers; two "deep-reading" responses; active participation in class discussion; attendance at selected Theatre Department and Center Series productions
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre, English and Comparative Literature majors
Unit Notes: this course (or THEA 229) is required for the Theatre major
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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