THTR T565 Sec. 4084 R. Wainscott

American Drama & Theatre I: Beginnings to 1890

1:00p-2:15p TR 3 cr. hr.

This course is an examination of both the dramatic literature and theatrical history of colonial America and the U.S. theatre in the 18th century and throughout the 19th century until 1900. The course examines the world of the plays and the significance of theatrical production in a cultural context, especially examining relevant political, artistic, social, philosophical and religious events and conditions. Plays read include Warren, The Group; Tyler, The Contrast; Rowson, Slaves in Algiers; Barker, Superstition; Stone, Metamora; Medina, Ernest Maltravers; Mowatt, Fashion; Aiken, Uncle Tom's Cabin; Boucicault, The Octoroon; Daly, Under the Gaslight; Howard, Shenandoah; Herne, Margaret Fleming; Gillette, Secret Service.

TEXTS:
McConachie: Melodramatic Formations
Meserve: Outline History of American Drama
Kritzer: Plays by Early American Women, 1775-1850
Watt and Richardson: American Drama: Colonial to Contemporary.
REQUIREMENTS:
2 papers
one in-class presentation
one final exam