Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG352H1F  L0101  T2-5
Canadian Drama
Professor George Elliot Clarke

Brief Description of Course: We will read a selection of modern and contemporary Canadian plays and watch at least two films. We will observe the correlation between social issues and political struggles that (English) Canadian playwrights tend to emphasize in their dramas. We will also discuss all pertinent aspects of stagecraft (dramaturgy) in relation to dramatizing play texts. This course will interest actors and theatre workers, but also playwrights, poets, screenwriters, novelists, and short-story authors.

Required Reading: Boyd, Consecrated Ground; Carson, Grief Lessons; Garfinkel, The Trials of John Demjanjuk; Highway, The Rez Sisters; Pollock, Blood Relations; Djanet Sears, Harlem Duet; Springate, Revolt / Compassion; Thompson, The Crackwalker; Walker, Suburban Motel.

First Three Authors: Carson, Grief Lessons; Thompson, The Crackwalker; Highway, The Rez Sisters.

Method of Instruction: Lecture/discussion

Method of Evaluation: Three 5-page essays (30% each), participation (10%).

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