ENGLISH 235: World Drama

Spring 2011 

English 235: Introduction to the critical reading of dramatic texts and to the various implications of the genre itself. Explores the stage not only as the site for the enactment of literary themes but also as a cultural arena where the representation of cultural values and discourses may be contested, subverted, reaffirmed, or celebrated.
Our version of the World Drama course will selectively sample the historical depth and
cultural breadth of dramatic representation. We will not attempt a history of drama; rather
we will highlight a few major places and times in which dramatic literature takes on increased cultural significance. Along the way, we will read major statements in dramatic theory such as Aristotle's Poetics and Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty. Students should expect the classroom experience to include performance as a mode of learning.
Part One: Greek and Renaissance Drama
Greece        Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Greece        Sophocles, Antigone
England        Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
Part Two: European Naturalism and Absurdism
Sweden        Strindberg, Miss Julie
Romania        Ionesco, Rhinoceros
Germany        Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Part Three: Modern Drama in Various Cultural Locations
Argentina        Dorfman, Death and the Maiden
South Africa    Fugard, Master Harold and the Boys
Egypt               Al-Hakim, Song of Death
Part Four: Crises of (Post)Modernity in Anglo Drama
Britain            Pinter, The Homecoming
United States    Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Cross-Cultural    Hwang, M. Butterfly 
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:15