English 192. Political Theatre and the Structure of Drama

Instructor: Elaine Scarry
Terms: Spring Term

English 192

Mondays & Wednesdays, 1-2 pm | Location: Emerson 305

The estranged, didactic, intellectual theatre of Brecht, and the ritualistic, emergency theatre of Artaud serve as reference points for a range of American, English, and Continental plays. The unique part played by “consent” in theatrical experience. Emphasis on the structural features of drama: establishing or violating the boundary between audience and stage; merging or separating actor and character; expanding or destroying language. Readings include Brecht, O’Neill, Artaud, Genet, Pirandello, and such earlier authors as Euripides and Shelley.

Note: This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding.

 

 

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