Course Description for History of Drama and Theater II
History of Drama and Theater II
Description: In this survey of â€œmodern drama,â€ the drama that was written and performed in Europe and the United States from the late-nineteenth century to the mid-20th century, students will read and discuss realistic and naturalistic works of Ibsen, Chekhov, and Strindberg. Students will consider how American playwrights like Oâ€™Neill, Miller, Williams, and Hansberry embraced and transformed realist tenets to represent a culturally and racially diverse American landscape. Students will also read and discuss the mid-20th century wave of anti-realistic movements and avant-garde experiments that include Brechtâ€™s epic theater, Pirandelloâ€™s meta-theater, and Beckettâ€™s absurdist theater. The course will focus on how modern drama transformed the conventions of 19th century popular drama and the implications for acting and audience expectation.