English 128

Modern Drama


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2019 Blanton, C. D.
MW 3-4:30 300 Wheeler

Description

This course will trace the theater's itinerary as form and idea across the twentieth century, attending to the stage as both a writerly medium and a space that contests received literary ideas. We will begin in the Europe of the fin-de-siècle, with landmark experiments by Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, and Alfred Jarry, before turning to modernism's most influential theorizations of the form, in Antonin Artaud's Theater of Cruelty and Bertolt Brecht's Epic Theater. After lingering in a few of Samuel Beckett's plays, from Waiting for Godot and Endgame to Krapp's Last Tape and Not I, we will conclude with the work of some of a few playwrights working in more recent decades, from Harold Pinter and Mac Wellman to Sarah Kane and Suzan-Lori Parks.


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