Theatre Arts 275/English 256

The Seeds of Modern Drama

Professor Mazer

Fall 2007


519 Annenberg Center, 3-2659;

Office Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11-11:50, and by appointment


September 6:  Introduction


September 11:  Alexandre Dumas, fils, The Lady of the Camelias (Camille) (bulkpack)


[September 13:  NO CLASS]


September 18:  Emile Zola, Thérèse Raquin; preface to Thérèse Raquin (bulkpack)


September 20:  Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House


September 25:  A Doll House (cont.)


September 27:  Ibsen, Hedda Gabler


October 2:  Ibsen, The Master Builder


October 4:  August Strindberg, Miss Julie


October 9:  Miss Julie (cont.)




October 11:  Ibsen, Peer Gynt




October 18:  Georg Büchner, Woyzeck


October 23:  Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening


October 25:  Strindberg, A Dream Play


October 30:  Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya


November 1:  Uncle Vanya (cont.)


November 6:  G. Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession


November 8:  Shaw, Major Barbara


November 13:  Major Barbara (cont.)


[November 15:  TO BE ANNOUNCED]




November 20:  H. Granville Barker, The Voysey Inheritance




November 27:  The Voysey Inheritance (cont.)


November 29:  Elizabeth Robins, Votes for Women!


December 4:  John Millington Synge, Playboy of the Western World.


December 6:   Catch-up and conclusions.



There will be TWO take-home essay assignments (approximately 5 pages), plus ONE final paper (approximately 10-12 pages), due at a date to be announced during reading and exam period, on a topic that must MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE.  Attendance in class is crucial; CHRONIC ABSENCE OR LATENESS WILL BE COUNTED AGAINST YOU.


The following books can be purchased at the Penn Book Center, 34th and Sansom Sts.:




The bulkpack can be purchased at the Campus Copy Center, 39th and Walnut.


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