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ENG 255b: Topics: African-American Drama

Taught by Deborah Geis

This course is for students who are interested in learning about the major playwrights and artistic/political movements in twentieth and twenty-first century African American drama. We will begin with some earlier works from the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights eras (Hughes, Hansberry), but most of the course will focus on plays from the mid-1960s era onward, including the Beat/Black Arts movements (Baraka), significant Black women playwrights of the seventies (Shange), and major theater voices from more recent times (Parks, Nottage, Corthron). Students should be prepared to participate actively in discussions and scenes, as well as to do a significant amount of writing since this is a “W” course.