9:30a-10:45a TR (60) 3 cr.
The readings for this course span the history of American theatre from
the Civil War to the present. Early in the term, careful attention
will be paid to the development and evolution of dramatic forms:
melodrama, realism, expressionism, agit-prop theatre, absurdism, and
so on. Toward the end of the term, we will more fully engage the role
of drama in American social and political action: the Black Arts
movement of the 1960s, the work of El Teatro Campesino, and
performance art. Playwrights considered include Dion Boucicault,
James A. Herne, Augustin Daly, Susan Glaspell, Eugene O'Neill, Arthur
Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellmann, Amiri Baraka, Luis
Valdez, Marsha Norman, Sam Shepard, Cherie Moraga, David Mamet, and
Karen Finley. We will also consider Lanford Wilson's play Burn
This, which will be staged at IU Theatre's T300 during the
Assignments include a series of short papers, a longer research-type
paper (8-12 pages), and a comprehensive final examination.
Stephen Watt and Gary A. Richardson, American Drama: Colonial to Contemporary.
Lanford Wilson, Burn This.