Modern Drama 1870-1980
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: The Arts
Course Number: LTHR 2016
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Theater History, Theory & Criticism
  • Literature
This course explores Western dramatic literature of the Modern era, from approximately 1870 to 1980, beginning with the advent of Naturalism and Realism in the works of Henrik Ibsen and ending with radical explorations of form in the work of Samuel Beckett. We will address several modes of theatrical presentation in three overlapping sections: The Impact of Naturalism and Realism, The Impulse of the Avant-Garde from Symbolism to Absurdism, and The End of Isms in postwar challenges to structure and form. Each section will proceed chronologically, exploring core texts with an emphasis on dramaturgical analysis of plays as vehicles for performance and an understanding of these texts and performance practices within a broader cultural and historical continuum. This course fulfills the dramatic literature requirement for Theater majors and minors.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.