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Drama since 1860 EN3085

This course aims to provide students with historical and critical perspectives on the major thematic and stylistic developments in a selection of British, American and European drama between 1860 and the present day.

The course encourages students to trace the relationship between the theory and practice of the dramatists listed and seeks to examine the way in which the choice of style or presentation, be it realism, expressionism or the avant-garde, might be seen to reflect the thematic concerns of their plays. The course will also encourage students to consider the relationship between the dramatic text on the page and play in performance, where appropriate.

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should:

  • Have a detailed knowledge of a range of dramatic texts studied on the course
  • Have acquired the knowledge and skills to identify the key thematic and stylistic developments within British, American and European drama between 1860 and the present day
  • Be able to demonstrate critical understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in the work of a range of dramatists
  • Be able to evaluate precisely and resourcefully issues concerning the relation of written texts to texts in performance

Essential reading

Main texts

Among authors whose work students may choose to study are:

  • Ibsen
  • Strindberg
  • Shaw
  • Yeats
  • Eliot
  • Synge
  • WildeO’
  • Casey
  • Lorca
  • Brecht
  • Beckett
  • O’Neill
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Pinter
  • Osborne
  • Delaney
  • Hellman
  • Wandor
  • Gems
  • Orton
  • Churchill
  • Friel
  • Roche