Λογ7-329 Σύγχρονο Aμερικανικό Θέατρο

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COURSE OBJECTIVE

The main objective of this course is to help undergraduate students get acquainted with a variety of styles developed and practised by male and female, mainstream and non mainstream, white and colored dramatists of the last five decades in the U.S. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of interpretive and critical skills in evaluating contemporary drama. Students are expected to read at least one play per week.

Evaluation: Final class exam.


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CONTEMPORARY (AMERICAN) DRAMA/THEATRE

Lit 7-329

 

Instr. Prof. Savas Patsalidis

 

PRIMARY SOURCES

Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Arthur Kopit. Indians.

Luis Valdez. Los Vendidos

Jean-Claude van Itallie. The Serpent

Megan Terry. Comings and Goings

Ntozake Shange. For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.

Elizaberth Wong. Letters to a Student Revolutionary

Marsha Norman. Getting Out.

Sam Shepard. Tooth of Crime

David Mamet. Oleanna


 

 

PRIMARY SOURCES

Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Jean-Claude van Itallie. The Serpent

Megan Terry. Comings and Goings

Arthur Kopit. Indians.

Luis Valdez. Los Vendidos

Ntozake Shange. For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.

Maria Irene Fornes. The Conduct of Life

Elizaberth Wong. Letters to a Student Revolutionary

Marsha Norman. Getting Out.

Sam Shepard. Tooth of Crime

David Mamet. Oleanna



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Course Outline

 

Week 1.

Cultural background. American 50s and 60s. Vietnam War. Anti war movement , hippie movement etc

Key words: conformism, affluence, suburbs, cold war, Disneyland


Week 2

 Cultural background continued

Key words: conformism, affluence, suburbs, cold war, Disneyland, civil rights, freedom rallies

 

Week 3.

Theatrical innovations introduced. Problematics of contextuaizing a play (how to  read a play in relation to its era). Cultural historcism. Postmodernism

Key words: ensemble, environmental, participatory, non linear, political

 

Week 4.

ALBEE. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

“Theatre of loss”. The American suburbs. The language of the absurd and other related ,matters

Key words: neurosis, loss, language, black humour, gender relations, hypocricy, conformism

Visit to theatre. Playing “critic”.

 

Week 5.

Theatre of improvisaion

Jean-Claude van Itallie. The Serpent

Megan Terry. Comings and Goings

Key words: enemble, transformation, myth, somatic, improvisation

Week 6

Theatre of color

Kopit’s INDIANS

Key words: de-historicize, otherness, primitive, commercialization, myth-making, national narratives

 

Week 7

Theatre of race

Shange’s For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf)

Key words: race, gender, subhecthood, double self

 

Week 8.

The problematics of ethnicity  1

Valdez’s Los Vendidos

Key words: immigration, chicano, borders

 

Week 9

The problematics of ethnicity 2

Maria Irene Fornes. The Conduct of Life

Key words: Latino, borders, subjecthood, gender

 

Visit to theatre: playing  critic

Week 10

The problematics of Ethnicity 3

Elizaberth Wong. Letters to a Student Revolutionary

Key words: East-West, color, subjectivity

 

Week  11

About feminism and subjecthood

Marsha Norman. Getting Out

Key Words: gender, imprisonment

Visit to theatre: playing critic

 Week 12

About the postmodern

Sam Shepard. Tooth of Crime

Key words: modernism, postmodernism, culture, reality, objects

Week 13

About hypernaturalism

David Mamet. Oleanna

Key words: violence, power, objective, subjective, politically correct

Week 14

Wrapping up

The course wraps up by  bringing together the questions that dominate all lectures: i.e. How real is “reality”? Who defines culture? What is color? What is gender? What is race? What is a national narrative?





SECONDARY SOURCES: A SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

Lit 7-329

 

Alba, Richard D. Ethnic Identities (E 184. A1A45)

Antonin, Artaud. The Theatre and Its Double

Ashcroft, Bill et al (eds). The Postcolonial Studies Reader.

Aston, Elaine. Theatre as Sign System (PN 2041. S45A85)

Austin, Gayle, Feminist Theories for Dramatic Criticism (PN 1633. F45A9)

Barker, Francis. Postmodernism and the Re-Reading of Modernity (PN 88. P67P69).

Bennett, Susan. Theatre Audiences (PN 1590. A9B48)

Benston, Kimberly. Baraka: The Renegade and the Mask, 1976.

Berney, K. A. Contemporary American Dramatists (PS 352. C65)

Bernstein, Samuel. The Strands Entwined: A New Direction in American Drama, 1980.

Bertens, Hans. The Idea of the Postmodern

Birringer, Johannes. Theatre, History, Postmodernism (PN 2039. B57)

Blau, Herbert. The Eye of Prey: Subversions of the Postmodern

Blonsky, Marshall. American Mythologies

Bourdieu, Pierre. The Field of Cultural Production (NY 180. S6B68)

Calhoun, Craig. Social History and the Politics of Identity (HM 131. S63)

Calinescu, Matei. Five Faces of Modernity

____. Exploring Postmodernism (PN 98. P67E97).

Callinicos, Alex. Against Postmodernism (B 831. 2. C34)

Case, Sue-Ellen. The Performance of Power

Cohn, Ruby. American Dramatists 1960-1980.

Collins, Jim. Uncommon Cultures: Popular Culture and Postmodernism.

Connor, Steven. Postmodernist Culture (PN 98. P67C66)

Culler, Jonathan. On Deconstruction (PN 98. D43C8)

Digaetani, John. Search for a Postmodern Theatre (PS 352. S43).

Docherty, Thomas. After Theory: Postmodernism/Postmarxism (PN98. P641)

______. (ed). Postmodernism: A Reader.

Dolan, Jill. Spectator as Critic.

Downing, David B., ed. Image and Ideology in Modern/Postmodern Discourse (PN 771. 145)

Eagleton, Terry. Ideology of the Aesthetic (BH 151. E2)

Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth.

Foster, Hal (ed). Anti-Aesthetic.

Geetz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Cultures (GN 315. G3C)

Geis, Deborah. Postmodern Theatric[h]s.

Harvey, David. The Condition of Postmodernity (CB428. H38)

Harriott, Esther. American Voices

Hart, Lynda. Acting Out: Feminist Performances

_______. Making a Spectacle.

Hilton, Julian. Performance (PN 2061. H55)

Hoesterev, Ingeborg (ed.). Zeitgeist in Babel: The Postmodernist Controversy (B 831. 2. Z45).

Hutcheon, Linda. The Politics of Postmodernism

Huyssen, Andreas. After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism.

Jameson, Fredric. The Political Unconscious.

_______. Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.

Jordan, Glenn. Cultural Politics (NY180 S6J66)

Kaye, Nick. Postmodernism and Performance (PN 2037. K35)

Kearney, Richard. The Wake of Imagination (PN 56745. K43)

-------Poetics of Imagining (B 105.149 K42)

Keefe, Susan. Chicano Ethnicity (E 184. M5K431)

Kellner, Douglas. Media Culture: Cultural Studies, Identity and Politics Between the Modern and the Postmodern.

Kolin, Philip. American Playwrights Since 1945 (PS 350. A4)

Kroker, Arthur and Cook, David. The Postmodern Scene.

La Capra, Dominick. Rethinking Intellectual History

Lyotard, Jean-Francois. The Postmodern Condition.

Macdonald, Erik. Theatre at the Margins (PN 2193. E86. M33).

Madison, Garry. The Hermeneutics of Postmodernity (BD 241. M25)

Malkin, Jeanette. Verbal Violence in Contemporary Drama (PN 1861. M28)

Mance Williams. Black Theatre in the 1960s and 1970s (PN 2270. A35)

Mann, Paul. Theory-Death of the Avant-Garde (BH 301. A94M36).

Marranca, Bonnie and G. Dasgupta (eds). American Playwrights.

Martin, Jacqueline. Voice in Modern Theatre (PN 2071. S65M37)

Martin, Randy. Performance as Political Act

McCorkle, James. Still Performance (PS 3525. A8477S86).

Mukerji, Chandra, ed. Rethinking Popular Culture (N 357. R48)

Nelson, Brian. Asian American Drama

Novy, Marianne. Cross-cultural Performances

Orr, John. Tragicomedy and Contemporary Culture (PN 1907. 07)

Pavis, Patrice. Theatre at the Crossroads of Culture (PN1643. P3813)

Payne, Micahel. Reading Theory: An Introduction to Lacan, Derrida, Kristeva (PN 81. P39)

Phelan, Peggy. The Politics of Performance (NY 650. P6P47)

Postlewait, Thomas. Interpreting the Theatrical Past

Pottlitzer, Joanne. Hispanic Theatre in the United States and Perto Rico (PN 2270. H57P68).

Reinelt, G. ed. Critical Theory and Performance (PN 2039. C75)

Roudané, Matthew. American Drama Since 1960  (PS 352. R 68)

Said, Edward. Orientalism.

Schechner, Richard. Performance Theory

-------. Between Theatre and Anthropology (PN 2041. A57533)           

Seller, Maxine. Ethnic Theatre in U.S (PN 2226. E85)

Shank, Theodore. American Alternative Theatre.

Silverman, Hugh J (ed). Postmodernism: Philosophy and the Arts (B 831. 2. P68).

Simard, Rodney. Postmodern Drama (PS 352. S571984)

Simons, Herbert W. After Postmodernism (B 831 A4)

Smith, Larry E., Discourse Across Cultures (PE 2751. D57)

Trachtenberg, Alan. The Postmodern Moment (NY 456.5. P66P66)

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations (Ref. LB2369 T8)

Vattimo, Gianni. The End of Modernity (B 828. 3 V3713)

Whitaker, Thomas. Fields of Play in Modern Drama (PN 1851. W45)

Wiles, Timothy. The Theatre Event (PN 2189. W51980)

Williams, Linda. Hard Core: Power, Pleasure and the Frenzy of the Visible.

Wolf, Naomi. The Beauty Myth

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NOTE: Students are not expected to read all these books. They can consult those sources they consider most useful for their better understanding of the course. Our library carries a rich collection of drama/theatre books. Just spend sometime to check them out. What is listed above, is only a very small sample. It is to be understood that the use of periodicals is also VERY important (i.e. Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, Theatreforum,  Yale/Theatre, TDR, among others). All current theatre scholarship is first published there before it appears in a book form.

 

 



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