English 166

Special Topics: Broadway Musicals

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2021 Drawdy, Miles
MW 2-5 C


A survey of the Broadway musical from George 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 American 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. This course will inevitably move between theater history, literary studies, and performance studies in order to appreciate not only the development of the musical form but also the form’s often confused social, aesthetic, and political aspirations.

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