Fall 2021 Undergraduate English Courses

358:394 Theater and Drama by Women

01  HYBRID SYNCHRONOUS  T 3:00-4:20   14765  DIAMOND  / ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE

This course will explore the vital, often controversial, art of global women dramatists from the late 20th and 21st centuries. Because writing for public consumption carried the taint of prurience, women playwrights were considered eccentric and possibly dangerous. Fortunately, a number of brilliant women of different nationalities, races, classes, and ethnicities have become playwrights. We will investigate their techniques of image production, their ideas about gender, sexuality, labor, and cultural and political resistance. Playwrights may include Susan Glaspell, Zora Neale Hurston, Adrienne Kennedy, Simone Benmussa, Suzan-Lori Parks, Caryl Churchill, Manjula Padmanabhan, Katori Hall, and performance artists Split Britches and Robbie McCauley. Mingled with the plays we’ll read essays on gender and race.

If theatres are open, we will definitely try to go as a class, either to NYC, or to a theatre in NJ.