Spring 2021 Undergraduate English Courses

358:335 Nineteenth Century Theater and Drama

01  09278   BUCKLEY   MW  2:50-4:10

In this course we’ll survey the rich and varied theatre and drama 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 development of several of the century’s major new forms and modes, including melodrama, realist and naturalist drama, and the theater of the early avant-garde, and look at their relations to social and political change, their articulation of shifting ideas of the self, and their expression of life in the modern world. Along the way, we’ll encounter some of the greatest, most popular, and most radical plays ever written, including several that remain essential reading today. Authors may include Pixérécourt, Büchner, Boucicault, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Robins, Wedekind, and Maeterlinck.