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  • Course No: HS 202
  • Course: B.Tech
  • Semester: IV
  • Title: Modern Western Drama
  • Stream: English
  • Description:

    History of modern drama; Concepts and movements: Naturalism, Realism, the problem play, Surrealism, Expressionism, epic theatre, theatre of the absurd, theatre of cruelty, theatre of identity and protest, the one-act play; Postmodern experiments: performance, style, technique; Women playwrights: Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Susannah Centlivre, Lady Gregory, Susan Glaspell, Sophie Treadwell, Ntozake Shange (choreopoem); Major playwrights: Strindbergh, Ibsen, Wilde, Chekhov, Shaw, Synge, Osborne, Lorca, Pirandello, Brecht, Pinter, Bond, Albee; Theories of theatre and critical apparatus: Schopenhauer, Hegel, Nietzsche, Strindberg, Maeterlinck, Marinetti, Brecht, Soyinka; Anton Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard; J. M. Synge: Riders to the Sea; Samuel Beckett: Happy Days; Sophie Treadwell: Machinal.

  • Course References:

    Puchner, Martin et al. eds. The Norton Anthology of Drama. Norton, (3rd ed.), 2017.^$^Beckett, Samuel. “Happy Days.” The Complete Dramatic Works. Faber, 2006. ^$^Gerould, Daniel ed. Theatre/Theory/Theatre: The Major Critical Texts from Aristotle and Zeami to Soyinka and Havel. New York: Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, 2000. ^$^Carlson, Marvin. Theories of the Theatre: A Historical and Critical Survey, from the Greeks to the Present. New York: Cornell University Press, 1993.