ENGL454 - Modern Drama
The course will concentrate on British drama over the past three decades, reading about 25 plays, including several from Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, and Alan Bennett, plus single plays from like likes of Pam Gems, Christopher Hampton, David Hare, Brian Friel, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Roy Williams, Joe Penhall, Caryl Churchill, Hanif Kureshi, Alan Ayckbourn, Patrick Marber, John Mortimer, and Simon Gray. By way of run-up to all this, we will also read plays from Ibsen, O'Casey, and Chekov. Forty pages of papers (including one major research paper of 12 pages), three exams, and attendance at a professional stage play in D.C. are required.
Two English courses in literature or permission of the department.