SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentMA 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 NameModern Drama
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

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


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

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. 

792.0904 B446

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. 

808.2 F381

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. 

808.2 H332

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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