Estb. 1882

University of the Punjab

Twentieth Century Drama

Code:         408
Title:          Twentieth Century Drama
Rating:      3 Credit hours
The students are required to have a basic understanding of the history and development of European drama. Furthermore, they must have a familiarity with the tenets of Modernism and the defining features of Modernist literature.
This course is an exploration and introduction of the defining theatrical movements of the twentieth century. From Brecht’s “epic theatre” to Beckett’s Theatre of the Absurd, the students will be introduced to the quintessential dramatists of the twentieth century and the ways they transformed the stage-space from Ibsen and Chekhov. The chosen texts will be read in conjunction to the sociopolitical milieu of each playwright’s age and the ways in which it informed their work. In this vein, this course will also be an exploration into the historical moment in which each playwright wrote and the ways it ultimately shaped their visions of the stage.
This course will enable students to chart the evolution and development of the European stage. Through a comparative study of these playwrights, the students will analyse the ways each dramatist blazed a trail for the other and introduced theatrical conventions which ultimately changed the way audiences engaged with the stage-space. The students will further learn to read texts critically and offer their own insights on the anatomy of the selected texts.
Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett
Life of Galileo, Bertolt Brecht
The Sea
, Edward Bond
The students are expected to produce one research paper on an assigned dramatist by the end of the semester. They are expected to complete this course with an exhaustive understanding of the mechanics of the modern stage-space, the aesthetic conventions introduced by each playwright, and the extent to which European drama had transformed from Shakespeare to Ibsen and finally to Bond.
Credit hours/ Marks:- 03

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