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PS "Contemporary Drama in the USA and Canada"


Dozent(in): Dr. Günter Beck
Termin: Montag 10-11:30 Uhr
Gebäude/Raum: 2127


Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung:

The 1960s were a formative stage for theatre and drama in North America, leading to a still lasting diversification of “the scene”. The Off-, the Off-Off-Broadway, and the growing number of regional and university theatres challenged the monopolistic status of New York’s theatre establishment. The Canadian theatre in its search for a Canadian cultural identity began to emancipate itself from New York’s Broadway and London’s West End. Altogether, a fresh and young “uncomfortable theatre” rejected the conventional aesthetics and experimented with new modes of dramatic expression and performance beyond realism, aiming at a “theatricalisation” of life. Next to the formal renewal, there was also a change in content towards more politicised plays that contributed to a reconsideration of historical processes and created an awareness for the contemporary agenda. As political and social developments transformed the American and Canadian societies at large, their theatre became decisively pluralistic in its incorporation of hitherto marginalized groups and discourses – among others, feminist as well as ethnic playwrights started to challenge traditional values and societal hierarchies. The aesthetic and political break with the theatrical traditions exercises continuing influence until today.

In this seminar we will focus on some of the major forms, trends, and topics of the American and Canadian theatre and drama from the 1960s onward until today: the Theatre of the Absurd, the Theatre of the New Ethnicity, Feminist Theatre, the renewed well-made play, AIDS-drama, and post-9/11-drama. Among the playwrights are Edward Albee, David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Eve Ensler, Neil LaBute, Judith Thompson, George Ryga, and Daniel David Moses.


Vorkenntnis für die Lehrveranstaltung:

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Bestandener Einführungskurs

Anforderungen fürden Scheinerwerb: Regelmäßige und aktive Teilnahme, schriftliche Hausaufgaben, Referat, Hausarbeit


Literatur zur Lehrveranstaltung:

Reader mit relevanten Primärtexten (voraussichtlich ab März im Sekretariat des Lehrstuhls erhältlich), Mastercopies

Empfohlene Lektüre:

Glaap, Albert-Reiner. Das englisch-kanadische Drama, Düsseldorf 1992.

Grabes, Herbert. Das amerikanische Drama des 20. Jahrhunderts, Stuttgart 1998.

Londré, Felicia, Daniel Watermeier. The History of North American Theater, New York 2000.


weitere Informationen zu der Lehrveranstaltung:

empfohlenes Studiensemester der Lehrveranstaltung: Grundstudium
Fachrichtung Lehrveranstaltung: Amerikanistik (Magister), Englisch (Lehramt)
Nummer der Lehrveranstaltung: 05 228
Beginn der Lehrveranstaltung: 16. April 2007
Dauer der Lehrveranstaltung: 2 SWS
Typ der Lehrveranstaltung: PS - Proseminar
Semester: SS 2007