Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG341H1S  L0101  M10,W10-12
Post-Modern Drama
Instructor: Dr. Philippa Sheppard

Brief Description of Course: This course investigates twelve major plays of the turbulent post World War II era -- an era of rapid social and political change – in the light of new intellectual and artistic movements such as: Absurdism, Feminism, and Post-Colonialism. Clips from filmed productions will act as a springboard for discussions about changing modes of performance in these exciting works of drama which are as important today as in their own time.

Required Reading: Williams’ The Glass Menagerie; Miller’s The Crucible; Osborne’s Look Back In Anger; Beckett’s Endgame, Happy Days; Pinter’s The Homecoming; Churchill’s Vinegar Tom; Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman; Friel’s Translations, Shepard’s True West, Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, Stoppard’s Arcadia.

First Three Authors/Texts: Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Miller’s The Crucible, Osborne’s Look Back In Anger.

Method of Instruction: Lecture/Discussion.

Method of Evaluation: One in-class essay (15%), one take-home essay (35%), one two hour exam (35%), participation (15%). I will take attendance each class, and make note of oral contributions, to arrive at the participation mark. Attendance is important. Handing in an outline for the take-home essay is mandatory, and receives a 2% bonus on the essay mark if properly executed. Make-up in-class essays only provided for illness or bereavement (with appropriate documentation submitted). Essays should be submitted in class.

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