Literature and the Stage

Objectives

a) To get to now better some of the most important north-american drama from the twentieth century ;
b) To contextualize playwriters ;
c) To understand the dynamics of the relations between commercial, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatre ;
d) To be able to thoroughly read selected dramas and to relate them with their representation in theatre ;
e) To research and write a critical essay about one of the plays studied during the seminar.

General characterization

Code

722011131

Credits

10.0

Responsible teacher

José Maria Lobo Antunes

Hours

Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language

Portuguese

Prerequisites

None.

Bibliography

Bigsby, C.W.E. 2000 Modern American Drama 1945-2000. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press;
Krasner, David 2004 A Companion to Twentieth-Century American Drama. Oxford: Blackwell ;
Maufort, Marc 1995 Staging Difference: Cultural Pluralism in American Theatre and Drama. Nova Iorque: Peter Lang ;
Roudané, Mathew Charles 1993 Public Issues, Private Tensions: Contemporary American Drama. Nova Iorque: AMS Press
Wilmer, S.E. 2002 Theatre, Society and the Nation: Staging American Identities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Teaching method

Theoretical exposition of the fundamental problematics of the syllabus.
Workshop discussions about the plays under analysis.
Supervised research tutorials leading to a final written essay

Evaluation method

- Final written essay about one of the plays discussed or about a related topic (60%), Evaluation based on theoretical exposition of the fundamental problematics of the syllabus- the oral presentation of a topic related to one of the plays discussed (group work) and participation in the workshop discussions(40%)

Subject matter

I. Introduction: The multiple dimensions of theatre: dramatic text and performance
II. The Emergence of an American dramatic idiom in the first half of the 20th century: Changing Broadway
2.1. Long Days Journey into Night, Eugene O´Neil
2.2. A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams
2.5. Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
III. The reinvention of American drama in the second half of the twentieth century: Off and Off-Off Broadway
3.1. Whos Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Edward Albee
3.2. A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
3.3. True West, Sam Shepard
3.4. Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamets
3.5 M. Butterfly, David Henry Hwang
3.6. Fires in the Mirror, Anna Deavere Smith

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