Ten Plays That Shook the World
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NLIT 3802
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
  • Theater
  • Humanities
The plays discussed in this course are milestones in the history of theater. We begin with classical tragedy, reading Sophocles’ Antigone. We then move to Shakespearean tragedy with Macbeth. We continue to European modernism with Ibsen’s A Doll House. Next we examine the Theater of the Absurd with Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano and Beckett's Waiting for Godot. The influential Brechtian political theater is represented in Mother Courage. We then consider Pinter’s unique mode in The Homecoming. Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire takes us to twentieth-century American realism. We conclude with drama directed to social issues—Churchill’s powerful examination of feminism in Top Girls and Hansberry’s still relevant drama of American racism in A Raisin the Sun.
Course Open to: Degree Students