Theatre Arts 275
The Seeds of Modern Drama
519 Annenberg Center, 3-2659; email@example.com
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:30, and by appointment
August 28: Introduction
September 2: Alexandre Dumas, fils, The Lady of the Camelias (Camille) (Canvas)
September 4: Emile Zola, ThérŹse Raquin (in Norris Houghton, The Seeds of Modern Drama); “Naturalism in the Theatre” (Canvas)
September 9: Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House
September 11: 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 16: Ibsen, The Wild Duck
September 18: Ibsen, The Master Builder
September 23: Gerhart Hauptmann, The Weavers (in Houghton)
[September 25: NO CLASS]
September 30: August Strindberg, Miss Julie (including the Preface).
October 2: Miss Julie (cont.); Una Chaudhuri, “Private Parts: Sex, Class, and Stage Space in Miss Julie” (Canvas)
[Approximate due date: first take-home assignment]
October 7: Ibsen, Peer Gynt
October 14: Georg Büchner, Woyzeck
October 16: Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening
October 21: Strindberg, A Dream Play
October 23: Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya
October 28: Unclw Vanya (cont.)
October 30: The Cherry Orchard (cont.)
November 4: The Cherry Orchard (cont.)
[Approximate due date: second take-home assignment]
November 6: G. Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (including “The Author’s Apology,” Canvas; also available for free on Kindle.)
November 11: Shaw, Major Barbara (including the Preface).
November 13: Major Barbara (cont.); Sidney P. Albert, “‘In More Ways than One’: Major Barbara’s debt to Gilbert Murray” (Canvas).
November 18: H. Granville Barker, The Voysey Inheritance (Canvas)
November 20: TO BE ANNOUNCED.
November 25: The Voysey Inheritance (cont.)
December 2: Elizabeth Robins, Votes for Women! (Canvas)
December 4: John Millington Synge, Playboy of the Western World (Canvas; also available for free on Kindle.)
December 9: 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 & Three Jokes
G. Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara
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