This course explores some issue, theme or period related to Africana Studies. May be repeated for credit with different topics.
Fall Semester informationDeborah Geis
290A: Tps:Contemporary African American Drama
This course is for students who are interested in learning about the major playwrights and artistic/political movements in mid-twentieth and twenty-first century African American drama. We will begin with some earlier works from the Civil Rights and Black Arts eras (e.g., Douglas Turner Ward, Amiri Baraka), but most of the course will focus on later plays, including significant Black women playwrights of the seventies (e.g., Adrienne Kennedy, Ntozake Shange), and major theater voices from more recent times (e.g., Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Suzan-Lori Parks). 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.