Theatre Arts 275/English 256

The Seeds of Modern Drama

Professor Mazer

Fall 2009


519 Annenberg Center, 3-2659;

Office Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, Noon-1:20, and by appointment



September 10  Introduction


September 15:  Alexandre Dumas, fils, The Lady of the Camelias (Camille) (bulkpack)


September 17:  Emile Zola, Thérèse Raquin; Preface to Thérèse Raquin (bulkpack)


September 22:  Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House


September 24:  A Doll House (cont.); G. Bernard Shaw, “Ideals and Idealists” and “The Technical Novelty of Ibsen’s Plays,” from The Quintessence of Ibsenism (bulkpack)


September 29:  Ibsen, Hedda Gabler; Shaw, “Hedda Gabler,” from The Quintessence of Ibsenism (bulkpack)


October 1:  Ibsen, The Master Builder


October 6:  Gerhart Hauptmann, The Weavers (bulkpack)


October 8:  August Strindberg, Miss Julie (including the Preface).


October 13:  Miss Julie (cont.); Una Chaudhuri, “Private Parts:  Sex, Class, and Stage Space in Miss Julie” (Blackboard)


[Approximate due date:  first take-home assignment] 


October 15:  Ibsen, Peer Gynt


October 20:  Georg Büchner, Woyzeck


October 22:  Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening


October 27:  Strindberg, A Dream Play


October 29:  Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters.


November 3:  Three Sisters (cont.)


November 5:  The Three Sisters (cont.)


[Approximate due date:  second take-home assignement] 


November 10:  G. Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (including “The Author’s Apology,” at


November 12:  [TO BE ANNOUNCED]:


November 17:  Shaw, Major Barbara (including the Preface).


November 19:  Major Barbara (cont.)


November 24:  H. Granville Barker, The Voysey Inheritance (bulkpack)




December 1:  The Voysey Inheritance (cont.)


December 3:  Elizabeth Robins, Votes for Women!  (electronic text available at


December 8: John Millington Synge, Playboy of the Western World, at


December 10:  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.:


Henrik Ibsen, Four Major Plays v. I

August Strindberg, Miss Julie and Other Plays

Henrik Ibsen, Peer Gynt

Georg Büchner, Complete Plays

Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening

Anton Chekhov, Plays

G. Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara


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


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