Twentieth Century American Drama

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSOL2EN3144

Course Coordinator and Team: Vikram Singh Thakur, Sanju Thomas

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Pre-requisites: None

Aim: The course will introduce the students to some of the great dramatists of American literature and explore themes such as post war sufferings, displacement, lack of faith and loss of relationships in the 20th century as reflected in some representative plays.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules: The course will showcase some of the brilliant playwrights of America from the early twentieth century to the more recent times. The plays deal with a variety of themes such as class, race, gender, politics, and personal traumas. The course will study the emergence of American Drama and the socio-cultural factors which influenced the development and growth of this genre in American literature.

Reading List: Below is an exhaustive reading list. Plays will be selected for classroom discussion and presentations depending upon the class size.

Primary Reading List

  • Eugene O’Neill, Emperor Jones
  • Arthur Miller, The Crucible
  • Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire/The Glass Menagerie
  • Lorraine Hansberry, Raisin in the Sun
  • Edward Albee The Zoo Story
  • Susan Glaspell Trifles
  • Amiri Baraka Dutchman
  • August Wilson Fences
  • Clifford Odets Waiting for Lefty
  • Sam Shepard Buried Child
  • George C. Wolfe The Colored Museum
  • David Mamet Oleanna
  • Maria Irene Fornes The Conduct of Life
  • David Henry Hwang M.Butterfly
  • Tony Kushner Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
  • Suzan Lori-Parks Topdog/Underdog

Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage:

S.NoAssessmentDate/period in which Assessment will take placeWeightage
1Class ParticipationThroughout the semester10%
2Mid-Term exam March 30%
3Class PresentationApril30%
4End-semester examApril 30%