Comparative Literature | Drama
C311 | 14284 | Prof. Pao
Prof. Angela Pao TR 11:15-12:30
This course fulfills A&H requirements.
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 a midterm, a final, and a 7-8 page term paper.