2:30p-3:45 TR (60) 3 cr.
THIS SECTION MEETS WITH THEATRE COURSES T483 AND T583.
TOPIC: AMERICAN JEWISH DRAMA
This course, on a topic never given before at Indiana University,
should be an exciting and illuminating exploration of American-Jewish
playwriting in the twentieth century, and should be of interest to
students regardless of their own religious or ethnic backgrounds. It
is extraordinary how much the excellence of American drama has been
enhanced by the talents of major playwrights who have written about
Jewish subjects and themes. We shall, therefore, be reading and
discussing not just some obscure American plays in which Judaism or
Jewishness plays a part but some of the very finest dramatic writing
of our time. The Jewish themes addressed in the plays we shall cover
include the Hebrew Bible and mysticism, immigration, intermarriage,
the labor movement and the Depression, American anti-Semitism, the
Holocaust, Jewishness and feminism, Jewishness and homosexuality, and
Jews in regional America.
The course readings will include a wide range of plays, among which
will likely be one by Arthur Miller (Broken Glass and
Incident at Vichy), Tony Kushner (Angels in America),
Wendy Wasserstein (The Sisters Rosensweig), Lillian Hellman
(Watch on the Rhine and The Searching Wind), Clifford
Odets, (Awake and Sing!), Arthur Laurents (Home of the
Brave), Martin Sherman (Bent), Paddy Chayefsky (The
Tenth Man), Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy and The Last
Night of Ballyhoo), Donald Margulies (Sight Unseen), David
Mamet (Goldberg Street), Barbara Lebow (A Shayna
Maidel), and Elmer Rice (Counsellor-at-Law).
L375 will be run as a combination of lecture and discussion, so active
participation will be both encouraged and expected. There will be two
papers, a midterm and a final. The important thing, however, will be
for participants to enjoy the range, depth, and importance of the
material and to be enriched by what they learn about Jewish-American
plays and playwrights. A prior knowledge of Judaism is neither
required nor expected.