Theatre Arts 275

The Seeds of Modern Drama

Professor Mazer

Fall 2014

 

519 Annenberg Center, 3-2659; cmazer@english.upenn.edu

Office Hours:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:30, and by appointment

 

 

August 28:  Introduction

 

September 2:  Alexandre Dumas, fils, The Lady of the Camelias (Camille) (Canvas)

 

September 4:  Emile Zola, ThérŹse Raquin (in Norris Houghton, The Seeds of Modern Drama);  “Naturalism in the Theatre” (Canvas)

 

September 9:  Henrik Ibsen, A Doll House

 

September 11:  A Doll House (cont.); G. Bernard Shaw, “Ideals and Idealists” and “The Technical Novelty of Ibsen’s Plays,” from The Quintessence of Ibsenism (Canvas)

 

September 16:  Ibsen, The Wild Duck

 

September 18:  Ibsen, The Master Builder

 

September 23:  Gerhart Hauptmann, The Weavers (in Houghton)

 

[September 25:  NO CLASS]

 

September 30:  August Strindberg, Miss Julie (including the Preface).

 

October 2:  Miss Julie (cont.); Una Chaudhuri, “Private Parts:  Sex, Class, and Stage Space in Miss Julie” (Canvas)

 

[Approximate due date:  first take-home assignment] 

 

October 7:  Ibsen, Peer Gynt

 

[Fall Break]

 

October 14:  Georg Büchner, Woyzeck

 

October 16:  Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening

 

October 21:  Strindberg, A Dream Play

 

October 23:  Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya

 

October 28:  Unclw Vanya (cont.)

 

October 30:  The Cherry Orchard (cont.)

 

November 4:  The Cherry Orchard (cont.)

 

[Approximate due date:  second take-home assignment]

 

November 6:  G. Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession (including “The Author’s Apology,” Canvas; also available for free on Kindle.)

 

November 11:  Shaw, Major Barbara (including the Preface).

 

November 13:  Major Barbara (cont.); Sidney P. Albert, “‘In More Ways than One’:  Major Barbara’s debt to Gilbert Murray” (Canvas).

 

November 18:  H. Granville Barker, The Voysey Inheritance (Canvas)

 

November 20:  TO BE ANNOUNCED.

 

November 25:  The Voysey Inheritance (cont.)

 

[THANKSGIVING]

 

December 2:  Elizabeth Robins, Votes for Women!  (Canvas)

 

December 4: John Millington Synge, Playboy of the Western World (Canvas; also available for free on Kindle.)

 

December 9:  Catch-up and conclusions.

 

 

There will be TWO take-home essay assignments (approximately 5 pages), plus ONE final paper (approximately 10-12 pages), due at a date to be announced during reading and exam period, on a topic that must MUST BE APPROVED IN ADVANCE.  Attendance in class is crucial; CHRONIC ABSENCE OR LATENESS WILL BE COUNTED AGAINST YOU.

 

The following books can be purchased at the Penn Book Center, 34th and Sansom Sts.:

 

Henrik Ibsen, Four Major Plays v. I

August Strindberg, Miss Julie and Other Plays

Henrik Ibsen, Peer Gynt

Georg Büchner, Complete Plays

Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening

Anton Chekhov, Four Plays & Three Jokes

G. Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

 

The listserv for this course is THAR275-401-14c@lists.upenn.edu.  Several electronic scripts and articles are available on the Canvas website, to which you have been automatically subscribed.

 

The syllabus for this course is available at http://www.english.upenn.edu/~mazer/275f14.htm.  Make a bookmark on your web browser for this site.