Fall 2020 Undergraduate English Courses: Drama and Performance Studies

358:335 Nineteenth Century Theater and Drama

01  MW5  CAC  05674   BUCKLEY   SC-106

In this course we’ll survey the rich and varied dramatic literature of the nineteenth century, a period during which the stage was transformed first into a modern, popular institution and then into a radical countercultural art.  We’ll explore the many styles and modes of the era, including melodrama, romantic tragedy, realist and naturalist drama, and theater of the early avant-garde, and look at their relations to political and social change, their articulation of shifting ideas of the world and the self, and their participation in changing cultures of spectacle, entertainment, and leisure.  Along the way, we’ll encounter some of the greatest, most popular, and most radical plays ever written, including some that remain essential reading today.