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ENG 392

Genre: Advanced Topics

Study of works drawn from a specific literary genre or subgenre. Examples include Confessional Poetry, The Early Novel and Revenge Tragedy.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Fall Semester information

Deborah Geis

392A: Genre: Adv Topics: Postmodern Drama

We are all told that we live in the postmodern era, but what does "postmodernist" mean as a literary aesthetic--and more specifically, as one applied to the genre of drama? This course treats dramatic works beginning with the off-off Broadway experiments of the early 1960s (the Living Theater, the Open Theater) and continuing up to the present. The types of playwrights we'll examine may include: pre-postmodernists (Brecht, Artaud, Beckett); rethinkers of American play structure (Sam Shepard, Maria Irene Fornes); articulators of African-American aesthetics (Ntozake Shange, Suzan-Lori Parks); transformative and controversial performance artists (Spalding Gray, Anna Deavere Smith); creators of the epic theater of images (Richard Foreman, Robert Wilson); visionary political dramatists (Caryl Churchill, Tony Kushner). Students in this class will be expected to participate actively in discussions and to attend productions whenever possible; since this is an "S" class, there will be required oral presentations in addition to regular writing assignments.