Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2011 Course Descriptions

AIMS AND ORGANIZATION:  This course covers American drama from the beginnings of modernism in the nineteenth century to the present.  Emphasis is placed on the development of modern American drama in relation to English and European theater movements.  Playwrights studied (in chronological order) include Dion Boucicault, James A. Herne, Eugene O’Neill, Elmer Rice, Clifford Odets, Thornton Wilder, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, John Guare, David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Beth Henley, and August Wilson.



ASSIGNMENTS AND WRITTEN WORK:  Assignments include two oral reports, an 8- to 10-page research paper, a midterm writing assignment, and a final examination.



Myron Matlaw, ed., Nineteenth-Century American Plays (Applause) ISBN: 1-55783-464-4


Eugene O'Neill, Anna Christie, The Emperor Jones, The Hairy Ape (Random House) ISBN: 0-679-76395-3


Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dramatists Play Service) ISBN: 9780822201892


Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman (Viking-Penguin) ISBN: 0-14-118097-8


Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Penguin) ISBN:978451158710


David Mamet, American Buffalo (Grove Press) ISBN: 0-8021-5057-8

Brooks McNamara, ed., Plays From the Contemporary American Theater (New American Library) ISBN: 0-451-52837-9


Clifford Odets, Waiting for Lefty (Dramatists Play Service) ISBN: 0-8222-1215-3


Sam Shepard, Buried Child (Dramatists Play Service) ISBN: 978-08222-15110


Thorton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth (Samuel French) ISBN: 0573615489


John Guare, The House of Blue Leaves (Samuel French) ISBN: 0-573-61028-2


Students must have these texts; no other editions will suffice.



5:30 - 8:30 pm

Gene Plunka
Patterson Hall 405

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