American studies

American Drama

Module code: T7056
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

American Drama will introduce students to representative plays, playwrights and theatrical movements of the modern United States. A selection of genres and styles will be read to give a broad understanding of the key movements and significant writers from the beginning of the 20th century through to the present. The plays will be placed in their historical and social context and particular attention will be given to the issues of race, class and gender that they address.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand a body of modern American dramatic works through close reading and textual analysis.
  • Understand the range, development and variety of drama in America over the 20th and 21st centuries and to discuss the historical, political and theoretical frameworks which underpin these key movements in modern American drama.
  • Engage in a critical dialogue about the plays and dramatists studied
  • Link US drama with key issues in US history