Modern Drama, Spring 2020

From Gerald R. Lucas
CRN 27081 engl 3900.02 tr 12:30–1:45 h-online coas-122 Spring 2020

Studies in Modern Drama examines a new direction in theatre beginning at the end of the nineteenth century until the first World War. We will look at modern practitioners of alienation, disconnection, and isolation, specifically works by playwrights like Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Glaspell, O’Neil, Williams, and Beckett.



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Please read this document and those it links to carefully at the beginning of the semester. There is much information to process, and it can be somewhat daunting — especially if you read cursorily. If you are confused, do your best to work through it by (re)reading this document carefully and completely, searching this site, or consulting the FAQ. I promise, there is an answer to your question. If all else fails, you may contact me. Trust yourself to follow directions and find the answers. Be careful and deliberate.

Course Information

ENGL 3900: Studies in Modern Drama
Prerequisite At least a “C” in ENGL 3010.
Description This is a study of European and American drama in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course explores the development of drama in its social, political, and psychological contexts.
Classroom Hours 3 per week.
Credit Hours 3 credits.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students will:

  • analyze representative texts from 19th- and 20th-century drama, with particular attention to the relationship between the theatre and predominant historical, political, and cultural developments;
  • identify and discuss the evolving conventions of 19th- and 20th-century drama and performance;
  • write critically about representative texts from 19th- and 20th-century drama;
  • interpret, craft, stage, and perform brief scenes from selected modern dramatic texts.


  1. While you may certainly choose to print it—we will do our best to follow the schedule hereon—it may change during the course of the semester due to unforeseen circumstances. Should this occur, I will let you know in class and via an announcement on the class forum, but ultimately, this online document has the final say—not a printed one.
  2. You might, too, follow links by opening them in browser tabs—click the link by holding the ⌘ Command on a Mac or Ctrl on a PC—so you can easily return to where you left off.
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