This course explores drama in the United States from the eighteenth century to the present. An enormous topic! Yes, but the plays and articles we will read have been selected to represent a broad variety of periods, styles, and perspectives. Ours is also an exploration of drama as a lens through which we view the constantly shifting American social self. It is our opportunity to engage with both the origins and growth of the American social self through dramatic narratives. As such, we will explore the relationship of drama to social, political, and cultural forces. The course will look to social contexts, exploring supposed ideas of “canonicity”, and the importance of content/context each as guideposts toward a more complete understanding of the uniqueness of a specifically American dramatic narrative, its origins in World Drama, and its place in the construction of a multi-vocal and multifaceted American identity as what Jacques Ranciere calls “emancipated spectators”.
Spring 2017 (2174)
Wednesday, 3:00 - 5:30 PM in CL 1601
Instructor: Keith Kirk