|Semester||Spring Semester, 2021|
|Department||MA Program of English, First Year Ph.D. Program in English Literature, First Year MA Program of English, Second Year Ph.D. Program in English Literature, Second Year|
|Course Name||Modern Drama|
Week Date Topic Oral Presentation Q&A
1 2.23 INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
Classroom: 檢索教室 4th F, Daxian Library 達賢圖書館
2 3.2 1. A Doll’s House (1879)
3 3.9 2. A Dream Play (1901)
4 3.16 3. The Cherry Orchard (1904)
5 3.23 4. Major Barbara (1905)
6 3.30 5. Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921)
7 4.6 6. Desire under the Elms (1924)
8 4.13 7. Mother Courage and Her Children (1941)
9 4.20 8. Glass Menageries (1944)
10 4.27 9. Death of a Salesman (1949)
11 5.4 10. Waiting for Godot (1953)
12 5.11 11. A Raisin in the Sun (1959)
13 5.18 12. ‘night Mother (1969)
14 5.25 13. Top Girls (1982)
15 6.1 14. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (1987)
16 6.5 15. M. Butterfly (1988)
17 6.15 Term Paper Outline Presentation
18 6.22 Term Paper Conference
Students are expected to do two 30-minute oral presentations and make hard copies of their oral presentations for the whole class. The content of the oral report should include the playwright, plot, character, theme, symbol, their classmates’ discussion questions, and selected annotated bibliography. Students are to design one study question, send the question to their classmate in charge of the oral report one day before the class, write down the answer, and turn in the hard copy weekly. They have to present their term paper topic, abstract, and outline one week before the paper deadline. The term paper (10 pages for MA students, 15 pages for PhD students) is due one week after the end of the class.
Participation in discussion 10%
Weekly Q&A 10%
Two oral presentations 30%
One term paper 50%
|Textbook & Reference|
Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts. Taipei: Bookman,
Hwang, David Henry. M. Butterfly. New York: Penguin, 1988.
Miller, Jordan Y. ed. The Heath Introduction to Drama. Lexington, Massachusetts: D.
C. Heath and Co., 1996. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13,
Worthen, W. B. The Harcourt Brace Anthology of Drama. 2nd edition. Fort Worth:
Harcourt Brace College, 1996. 5, 14
Recommended Reading List
Aristotle. Aristotle’s Theory of Poetry and Fine Art. Critical Text and Translation
by S. H. Butcher. 4th ed. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1951. 808.1
Bentley, Eric. In Search of Theatre. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1975.
Bentley, Eric. The Playwright as Thinker: A Study of Drama in Modern Times.
New York: Reynal & Company, Inc., 1967. 812.09 B446
Bigsby, C. W. E. A Critical Introduction to Twentieth-century American Drama.
Vol. I: 1900-1940. New York, 1983. 812,5209 B594 v. 1, v. 2, v. 3
Bigsby, C. W. E. Modern American Drama. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. 812.5409 B594
Berkowitz, M. Gerald. American Drama of the Twentieth Century. Edinburgh: Longman, 1992. 0-582-01602-9 csd/0-582-01601-0 ppr
Brockett, Oscar G. The Theatre: An Introduction.
Brockett, Oscar G. History of the Theatre. 6th ed. Boston, 1991.
Brockett, Oscar G., and Findlay, Robert R. Century of Innovation: A History of
European and American Theatre and Drama Since 1870. Boston: Allyn and
Bacon, 1991. 792.094 B846
Brockett, Oscar G. History of the Theatre. 3d ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, inc.,
1991. 792.09 B864
Brown, John Russell, ed. Modern British Dramatists: A Collection of Critical
Essays. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1968. 822.91409 B813
Demetz, Peter, Ed. Brecht: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, NJ,
1962. 804 D396
Elsom, John. Post-War British Theatre. London, 1981. 792.0941 EL78
Esslin, Martin. The Theatre of the Absurd. Rev. ed. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday
& Company, Inc., 1969 ES78R ES78
Fergusson, Francis. The Idea of a Theater. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton U P, 1949.
Finney, Gail. Women in Modern Drama: Freud, Feminism, and European Theater at the Turn of the Century. United States of America: Cornell University Press, 1989. 809.293522 F514
Gassner, John. Masters of the Drama. 3d ed. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.,
1954. 809.2 G217E3R
Gassner, John. The Theatre in Our Times. See under Chapter 13. 792.01 G217
Hayman, Ronald. How to Read a Play. New York: Grove Press, Inc., 1977.
King, Kimball. Modern Dramatists: A Casebook of Major British, Irish, and American Playwrights. New York and London: Routledge, 2001. 822.9109 M689
Krutch, Joseph W. The American Drama Since 1918. 812.509 K947R
Lyons, Charles. Samual Beckett. New York, 1984. 848.91409 B388-L995
Pronko, Leonard. Avant-Garde: The Experimental Theatre in France. Berkeley,
1962. 842.914 P944
Rabey, David I. British and Irish Political Drama in the Twentieth Century.
London, 1986. 822.9109358 R112
Roose-Evans, James. Experimental Theatre: From Stanislavsky to Peter Brook.
rev. ed. London, 1984. 792.0904 R781a//792.022 R676E4
Sierz, Aleks. In-Yer-face-theatre: British Drama Today. London: faber and faber, 2000. 792.0941 S572
Styan, J. L. Modern Drama in Theory and Practice. Vols. 1, 2, 3. Cambridge:
Cambridge UP, 1981. 809.2 S938
Thompson, Alan R. The Anatomy of Drama. 2d ed. Berkeley: U of California P,
1946. 808.21 T371
Valency, Maurice. The End of the World: An Introduction to Contemporary Drama.
New York, 1980. 809.2915 V234
Wandor, Michelene. Post-War British Drama: Looking back in gender. Oxon: Routledge, 2001. 822.91409 W245
Williams, Raymond. Drama from Ibsen to Brecht. London: Chatto & Windus,
Ltd., 1952. 809.2 W675
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