English | American Drama
L363 | 1895 | Watt


1:00p-2:15p TR (70) 3 cr.

This course will emphasize the historical development of drama
and theatre in America from popular melodrama on the
nineteenth-century stage to recent experimental plays and
performance art.The playwrights we will read include Eugene
O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Sophie Treadwell,
Rachel Crothers, Susan Glaspell, Amiri Baraka, Sam Shepard,
Cherrie Moraga, Luis Valdez, Adrienne Kennedy, and Karen
Finley. We will also view several live and videotaped
performances of plays.

The major text for the course will be Watt and Richardson,AMERICAN DRAMA:
COLONIAL TO CONTEMPORARY
(Harcourt Brace 1995). Several individual scripts will also be
assigned.

The course will also emphasize student writing, especially the
writing of a 10-15 page research paper on a topic of the student's
choosing. All students will write shorter essays and take a final
examination.

Interested students should feel free to make inquiries of Professor
Watt at his office, 435 Ballantine Hall.