English 166

Special Topics: The Broadway Musical

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
3 Summer 2020 Drawdy, Miles
MW 2-5 C


A survey of the Broadway musical from Ira Gershwin to Lin Manuel-Miranda, this course will investigate the musical's claim to being the quintessential American art form. Organized around texts and institutions which are explicitly engaged with questions of politics and history, this course will ask how a genre so notoriously infuriating and geographically isolated has come to have such an impressive cultural footprint. We will read and watch selected musicals of the 20th century before examining how recent offerings (e.g. The Drowsy ChaperoneHamilton) explicitly reflect upon Broadway's role in constructing an idea of America in the public imagination.

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