C LIT 252 A: Introduction To Comparative Literature: Genres

Meeting Time: 
TTh 9:30am - 11:20am
MLR 316
Míċeál Vaughan

Syllabus Description:

This course introduces the genre of drama by examining a range of theatrical works from ancient Greece (Sophocles, Oedipus the King), Elizabethan England (Shakespeare, Hamlet), and the later nineteenth century (Ibsen, A Doll's House; Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest).  We will focus mostly on twentieth-century plays, primarily from Ireland and the United States (Shaw, Synge, O'Casey, Beckett, and Friel; Glaspell, Hansberry, Miller, and Wilson).

Reading and discussion of these written texts will challenge us to imagine them in performance.

The course will require a considerable amount of short writing assignments (before and during classes), as well as a longer (5-7pp) paper.

Required texts for the course are:

Kelly, Joseph (ed.). The Seagull Reader: Plays. 2nd ed. Norton, 2008

Harrington, John P. (ed.). Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama. 2nd ed. Norton, 2008

Esslin, Martin. The Field of Drama.  Methuen, 1987

Catalog Description: 
Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating genres such as sci-fi, detective fiction, romance, love, poetry, and comedy. Draws from world literature.
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Other Requirements Met: 
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am