Contemporary Drama... from the fractious family to gender-bending, from "get the guests" to war games, from witch trials to viral videos, from pill-poppin' mamas to political dramas...we'll encounter all of these kinds of adventures and more. This course will examine the origins and development of contemporary theatre in the Western tradition, post-1960, with an emphasis on American and British drama. We will examine, in particular, developments arising in political theatre, postmodern theatre, and the ways in which recent theatre has become a site for community discourse about the American dream, family, race, immigration, gender, sexuality, war, and social networking...among other topics.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies the Literature distribution requirement.
First-year students require permission of the instructor. (Not offered Fall 2014.)