Comparative Literature | Drama: DRAMAS OF TRANSGRESSION
C511 | 1237 | Angela Pao
Topic: DRAMAS OF TRANSGRESSION
TR 2:30-3:45 Sycamore 212
Above section meets with C311.
World drama is filled with tales of transgression - the breaking of
legal, moral, religious and social prescriptions. Over the centuries
such transgressions have appeared on stage cast as tragic, comic,
melodramatic and symbolic events. This semester we will study plays
that center around acts of violation, resistance or survival. In the
process we will consider how generic conventions, performance
practices, and conceptions of the function of theatre and drama in
society have shaped the interpretation and reception of these works in
the past and in the present.
The plays we will read include: Sophocles' Antigone, Euripides'
Medea, Shakespeare's Othello, Moliére's George Dandin, Racine's
Phaedra, Lillo's London Merchant, Boucicault's Octoroon, Ibsen's Hedda
Gabler, Brecht's Galileo, Yeats "Purgatory," Lorca's Blood Wedding,
Genet's The Maids, Mishima's The Lady Aoi, Soyinka's Death and the
King's Horseman, Fugard's The Island, and Walcott's Pantomime.
There will be a midterm, a take-home final exam and an 8-10 page term
C511 - in addition to the primary texts we will read secondary
criticism on the individual works and consider theoretical approaches
to the study of theatre and drama. These will include readings in the
fields of theatre semiotics, gender criticism, and postcolonial
performance. There will be one 15-20 final paper.