Fall 2022 Undergraduate English Courses

358:335 Nineteenth Century Theater and Drama

01    CAC    MW6    07908   BUCKLEY   HH-B3  

In this course we will 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, realist drama, naturalist drama, and the varied works of 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.