ENGLISH 447 - Modern Drama
Fall 2020, Section 001 - Eco-Theatre: Staging Climate Crisis
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature

Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

The 21st century has seen an outpouring of theatre and performance designed to confront the global ecological crisis. We will read examples of this work, alongside ecocritical writing about the future of the climate and the politics it demands, in order to discover our own answers to a range of questions. These include: What can theatre do that other media (novels, poetry, film, nonfiction prose) can’t when it comes to representing climate change? Is the theatre too small or too localized to convey the global dimensions of climate crisis? What strengths and weaknesses do certain genres—realism, Brechtian epic theatre, performance art, science fiction—offer to that project? Can climate theatre be funny, or does it have to be depressing? Why make theatre in times of crisis in the first place? Playwrights and collectives whose work we will consider may include Caryl Churchill, The Civilians, Annie Sprinkle, Chantal Bilodeau, Duncan MacMillan, Karen Malpede, and Madeleine George. We may also consider precursors of contemporary climate theatre from earlier in the century—by, for example, Henrik Ibsen, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and Rachel Rosenthal.

No prior experience with climate change art or with theatre and performance is necessary. Engaged and curious discussion is required. Assignments will include discussion questions posted before class, interpretive essays of course texts, and a longer final project. While this project can take many forms, students are encouraged to use it as an opportunity to create their own original work of climate theatre.

Intended Audience:

Online-only students are welcome!

Class Format:

Exams: Asynchronous and Online

Lectures: Asynchronous and Online

Class Discussions: Synchronous and Online

Schedule

ENGLISH 447 - Modern Drama
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 Online
33697
Open
26
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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