358:335 Nineteenth Century Theater and Drama

01  MW5  CAC  18081  BUCKLEY  MU-208

This course will offer a survey the rich and varied dramatic literature of the nineteenth century, a period during which the stage was transformed into a modern, popular institution.  We’ll explore melodrama, romantic drama, realism, naturalism, and the early dramatic avant-garde, looking at their relation to political and social change, shifting ideas of the world and its relation to the self, and changing forms of spectacle, entertainment, and leisure.  Along the way, we’ll encounter plays by some of the century’s greatest, most popular, and most radical writers, including Guilbert de Pixérécourt, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Georg Büchner, Dion Boucicault, Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Frank Wedekind, and Maurice Maeterlinck.