ENGLISH 346 - Performance Studies
Fall 2021, Section 001 - European Drama from Ibesen to Beckett
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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How has the canon of western European drama changed in the hands of theatrical practitioners in an age of revision and reinterpretation? Figures like Ibsen and Chekhov retain their status as foundational figures, though their pivotal works have been reimagined in surprising ways by companies like Mabou Mines (Dollhouse) and playwrights like Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2), Aaron Posner (Stupid F**king Bird) and Christopher Durang (Vanya and Sonia and Marsha and Spike), among others. This course is designed to introduce students to the major works of Brecht, Beckett, Strindberg, Pirandello, Wilde, and Shaw in addition to Ibsen and Chekhov, but as it does so it considers such issues as the canon’s resistance to change, the representation of the female figure on stage, the privileged position of male voices, the championing of progressive social and political issues, the transition to film and other video resources, and the creative role today’s world theater plays in establishing a new theatrical idiom for the contemporary stage.


ENGLISH 346 - Performance Studies
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001 (REC)
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