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: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
The plays analyzed and discussed in this course are considered milestones in the history of theater because of their innovative uses of language, form, and thematic treatment and the insights they provide into the human soul. They test our aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional boundaries, leading us to reflect on the nature of love, ambition, loneliness, and self-righteousness. Ultimately, they deal with the universal human condition. We begin in the classical period, reading Sophocles' Antigone and Euripides' The Trojan Women. We move on to the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, reading Shakespeare's Hamlet and Goethe's Faust. Continuing into European modernism, we read Ibsen's A Doll's House. Next we examine the radical currents of Ionesco's The Bald Soprano, Arrabal's The Automobile Graveyard and Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro. Finally we enter the late 20th century with Harold Pinter's The Homecoming and Anna Deveare Smith's Fires in the Mirror.
Course Open to: Degree Students