English 100

Junior Seminar: Contemporary American Drama

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Spring 2009 Gotanda, Philip Kan
Gotanda, Philip
TTh 11-12:30 203 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

TopDog/UnderDog, Suzan-Lori Parks; Angels in America, Tony Kushner; Dance and the Railroad, David Henry Hwang; Ballad of Yachiyo, Philip Kan Gotanda; Joe Turners Come And Gone, August Wilson; Aunt Dan And Lemon,  Wallace Shawn; How I learned To Drive, Paula Vogel; One Flea Spare, Naomi Wallace; Six Degrees of Separation, John Guare.


Contemporary American Drama is a course which will explore inventive ways of engaging the theater text.  In order to enliven the discussion, Professor Gotanda has asked leading theater artists from around the country to submit their favorite contemporary American plays.  From this pool, a select number of texts will be chosen to cover during the term.  The traditional lecture format will be supplemented by the students themselves enacting rehearsal techniques.  This experiencing of the actual theater process will give insight as to how theater text spoken aloud, put on its feet, performed, can afford another kind of "reading" of what is written on page.  Films made of the play texts will also be exhibited to augment alternative methods of engaging the material.

The seminar requirement for the English major may be satisfied by any ONE of the following:  English 100, 150, 150AC, or H195A-B.

Be sure to read the paragraph on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes regarding enrollment in English 100! 

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