ENGL454 - Modern Drama

Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.

The roots of European Modernism and its manifestation in the drama of the twentieth century. Such playwrights as Beckett, Churchill, Stoppard, Wilde, Chekhov, Ibsen, Brecht, O'Neill, Sartre, Anouilh, Williams, and Shaw.

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 the likes of April de Angelis, Pam Gems, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Laura Wade, Lucy Kirkwood, Christopher Hampton, David Hare, Brian Friel, Roy Williams, Joe Penhall, Caryl Churchill, Patrick Marber, and Charlotte Jones. We will also read classic plays from Ibsen, O'Casey, and Chekov. Forty pages of writing, three exams, and attendance at a professional play in D.C. are required.