ENGL 782 (01) - Modern and Contemporary Drama

Modern and Contemporary Drama

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2024 - Full Term (01/23/2024 - 05/06/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 56508
An overview of the best writing for the modern stage. We'll survey developments in theater in the past 100 years, sampling such genres as absurdist drama, psychological gothic, "in yer face" theatre, theater that incorporates new media, and work by women, African-American, Latinx, gay and immigrant writers. We'll discuss the changing role of theater in society, identity politics onstage and off, and shock, sex and violence as dramatic techniques. Live and filmed performances as available.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 401
Cross listed with : ENGL 897.I01
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Douglas Lanier

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/23/2024 5/6/2024 MW 9:10am - 10:30am HS 344
Final Exam 5/13/2024 5/13/2024 M 1:00pm - 3:00pm HS 344
Additional Course Details: 

Spring 2024 Special Topic: Unsettling, Absurd, In Yer Face, Shocking & New

This course offers you an overview of the best writing for the modern and contemporary stage. After surveying some of the key figures who revolutionized theater in the early twentieth century, we'll sample such contemporary genres as absurdist drama, psychological gothic, “in yer face” theater, work by African-American, Latinx, queer and immigrant writers, documentary theater, and plays that incorporate new media. We'll be asking how theater addressed changes in its status and social function in the eras of film, television and the internet, how plays engage with identity politics both on and off the stage, and how and why contemporary theater has taken up controversial dramatic techniques like sex, shock, violence and audience participation. Interspersed in our conversations will also be snippets from key theorists of modern theater, so we can address the philosophies behind the plays. Where they are available, we'll also look at video and filmed performances to see how practitioners have realized and adapted these works. 

This course satisfies the Genres or Theory requirement for general ENGLISH majors. 

This course satisfies a Post-1800 Literature requirement for ENGL: LITERATURE, ENGL: TBD, ENGL/JOURNALISM majors. 

This course counts as an Upper Level Literature requirement for ENGL TEACHING majors.

This course may be taken for Capstone credit by general ENGLISH majors following requirement guidelines in place prior to Fall 2023. Fill out a Capstone Declaration form (available in the main English office,  Ham Smith 230F) if you wish to declare it as Capstone. 

Booklist

Book Details
TOPDOG/UNDERDOG (01)
by PARKS
Required
ISBN
978155936201 6
PUBLISHER
INGRAM PUB
DISGRACED (13)
by AKHTAR
Required
ISBN
978031632446 5
PUBLISHER
HACHETTE B
NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF DRAMA,VOL.TWO (3RD 18)
by GAINOR
Required
ISBN
978039328348 8
PUBLISHER
NORTON
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