Twenty-First-Century Dramatic Literature

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Twenty-First-Century Dramatic Literature


This course studies forms and innovations in dramatic literature in the twenty-first century. Using plays from various contemporary dramatists, students explore the ways in which technology, politics, identity, and world events have shaped how contemporary playwrights are reinventing or rejecting Western dramatic theory and tradition in the new millennium. Students engage with these texts from the perspectives of performers, critics, dramatists, and audiences. Playwrights may include Caryl Churchill, Suzan-Lori Parks, James Ijames, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Lauren Yee, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Anna Deavere Smith.