Proseminar: Major American Playwrights

Dozentin: Christina Caupert M.A.
Termin: Fr. 15.45-17.15 Uhr
Raum: 1011

American drama did not begin to flourish before the early 20th century, but once the deadlock was broken, it was quick to assume profound artistic significance and international importance. In this seminar, we will trace its development through the 20th and into the 21st century. We will discuss historical backgrounds, cultural contexts, and conceptual frameworks, but our main focus will be on the drama texts themselves. These will include a number of the most renowned American plays by playwrights such as Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and August Wilson. Time (and technical equipment) permitting, we will also discuss some excerpts from film adaptations.

Teilnahmevoraussetzungen: Introductory course

Scheinerwerb: timely fulfillment of reading and homework assignments, regular attendance, active participation in class, presentation, term paper

Einführende Lektüre bzw. Textgrundlagen:
A complete reading list will be published on Digicampus by October. Some of the plays will be made available in a reader.