lit325 | undergraduate
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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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 playwrightsâ perspectives on expressionism.
- Identify the influence of specific writers on expressionism.
- 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.
- 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.
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