Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG340H1F - L0101

ENG340H1F  L0101  M10, W10-12
Modren Drama
Philippa Sheppard
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, room 803 

Brief Description of Course: This course explores twelve major plays of the first half of the twentieth century -- an era of rapid social and political change – in the light of new intellectual and artistic movements such as Naturalism, Surrealism, Feminism and Socialism. Using clips from filmed productions, we will delve into performance history to arrive at a better sense of what makes these seminal dramas as important today as in their own time.

Required Reading: Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Ghosts; Strindberg’s Miss Julie; Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya; Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest; Yeats’ On Baile’s Strand (online); Synge’s Playboy of the Western World; Glaspell’s Trifles; Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author; Shaw’s Saint Joan; Brecht’s Galileo; O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. (Available at Bob Miller Bookroom)

First Three Authors/Texts: Ibsen, Strindberg

Method of Instruction: Informal lecture with student input at any time.

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.

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