Theatre Arts 275
The Seeds of Modern Drama
519 Annenberg Center, 3-2659; firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:30, and by appointment
August 29: Introduction
September 3: Alexandre Dumas, fils, The Lady of the Camelias (Camille) (Canvas)
September 5: [NO CLASS]
September 10: Emile Zola, ThérŹse Raquin (in Norris Houghton, The Seeds of Modern Drama); “Naturalism in the Theatre” (Canvas)
September 12: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House
September 17: A Doll House (cont.); G. Bernard Shaw, “Ideals and Idealists” and “The Technical Novelty of Ibsen’s Plays,” from The Quintessence of Ibsenism (Canvas)
September 19: Ibsen, Hedda Gabler; Shaw, “Hedda Gabler,” from The Quintessence of Ibsenism (Canvas); Arthur Ganz, “Miracle and Vine Leaves: An Ibsen Play Rewrought” (Canvas)
September 24: Ibsen, The Master Builder
September 26: Gerhart Hauptmann, The Weavers (in Houghton)
October 1: August Strindberg, Miss Julie (including the Preface).
October 3: Miss Julie (cont.); Una Chaudhuri, “Private Parts: Sex, Class, and Stage Space in Miss Julie” (Canvas)
[Approximate due date: first take-home assignment]
October 8: Ibsen, Peer Gynt
October 15: Georg Büchner, Woyzeck
October 17: Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening
October 22: Strindberg, A Dream Play
October 24: Anton Chekhov, The Three Sisters
October 29: The Three Sisters (cont.)
October 31: The Three Sisters (cont.)
November 5: The Three Sisters (cont.)
[Approximate due date: second take-home assignment]
November 7: [TO BE ANNOUNCED]
November 12: G. Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (including “The Author’s Apology,” Canvas; also available for free on Kindle.)
November 14: Shaw, Major Barbara (including the Preface).
November 19: Major Barbara (cont.); Sidney P. Albert, “‘In More Ways than One’: Major Barbara’s debt to Gilbert Murray” (Canvas).
November 21: H. Granville Barker, The Voysey Inheritance (Canvas)
November 26: The Voysey Inheritance (cont.)
December 3: Elizabeth Robins, Votes for Women! (Canvas)
December 5: John Millington Synge, Playboy of the Western World (Canvas; also available for free on Kindle.)
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, Four Plays & Five Jokes
G. Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara
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