Comparative Literature | Drama
C511 | 25187 | Prof. Angela Pao


CMLT-C 511 (25187) Drama ,  A. Pao ,  MW 2:30-3:45
-meets with CMLT-C 311
Fifty unwilling brides, a marooned warrior with a stinking foot, an
abducted queen, a heretical scientist, a black man passing for
white, a woman accused of witchcraft and murder, artists and
politicians in exile, madmen real and imagined, and lovers abandoned
and betrayed across the centuries.  These are the figures whose
dilemmas are explored by dramatists across a wide range of cultural
and historical contexts.  We will read plays by Aeschylus,
Sophocles, Euripides, Shakespeare, Racine, Moliere, Chekhov, Wilde,
Shaw, Pirandello, Brecht, Muller, Mishima, Stoppard, Churchill,
Soyinka, and Fugard. We will use these works to 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.  There will
be additional critical and theoretical readings for the graduate
section and supplementary meetings. We will use these works to
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.
C511: An extensive annotated bibliography and an 18-20 page seminar
paper.