Dramatic Masters: Comedy and Social Critique

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Dramatic Masters: War & Power

Spring 2019

Taught By: Victoria Abrash

Section: A

CRN: 3394

Credits: 4

This dramatic literature course explores major works by masters of comic drama over the course of the past 2500 years. Comedy has a long tradition as a tool to open minds and engage audiences in a critique of the very society in which they live. From the oldest comic plays in the canon to today's off-Broadway hits, from Aristophanes in the 5th century BCE to Moliere in the 17th century to Caryl Chuchill and David Henry Hwang in the 20th and 21st centuries, we see writers using their skills at evoking laughter to comment on and even change their societies -- and ours. Students will read these masterworks and watch films and performances to understand the writers' methods and goals, the way the plays work in performance, and how they continue to speak as effective social criticism today. This course fulfills the dramatic literature requirement for Theater majors and minors.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:50pm 11/15/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/9/2019