lit325 | undergraduate

Modern Theatre

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This course examines modern plays that represent the evolution of the theatre from Ibsen to the present day. Through analysis of significant works, students will explain the importance of the theatre to culture.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Contemporary Drama

    • Explain the development of social awareness and activism in contemporary American drama.
    • Describe the social issues as revealed in American theater.
    • Analyze the connection to existential dilemmas.

    Breaking with the Past

    • Explain the historic shift from aristocratic drama of the nineteenth century to middle-class drama.
    • Describe how social changes regarding gender and class roles influenced modern theatre.

    Realism and Naturalism

    • Identify characteristics of realism or naturalism in modern drama.
    • Explain the role of the lower and middle classes in realistic or naturalistic modern drama.
    • Identify the influence of Chekhov or Strindberg on later playwrights.

    Expressionism and the Epic Theater

    • Analyze the influence of German theater on expressionism.
    • Explain the role of authority and bourgeois values in expressionism.
    • Differentiate between playwrights’ perspectives on expressionism.
    • Identify the influence of specific writers on expressionism.

    Absurdist Theater

    • Examine the characteristics of Theater of the Absurd and its representation of middle class values.
    • Examine the cultural references that are part of Theater of the Absurd, such as World War II and the threat of nuclear war.
    • Explain the influence of myth and religious or spiritual experience on Theater of the Absurd.
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