English 183. Theatrical Realism

Instructor: Derek Miller
Terms: Spring Term

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10-11:30 am | Location: Memorial Hall 029

This lecture course investigates Realism in the theater, from its origins in the 19th century to the present day. We will investigate what it means to make theater “real,” how designers staged reality, how performers acted it, and, finally, what ideologies Realism serves. We aim to expose Realism, the predominant, seemingly “neutral” style of performance for the historical phenomenon it is. Readings in theater and performance history complement plays by writers such as Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, William Inge, and Annie Baker.

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