NLIT

3802

Ten Great Plays

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Ten Great Plays

Fall 2019

Taught By: Herbert Sussman

Section: A

CRN: 7106

Credits: 3

The plays discussed in this course are milestones in the history of theater. We begin with classical tragedy, reading Sophocles’ Antigone. We then move to Shakespearean tragedy with Macbeth. We continue to European modernism with Ibsen’s A Doll House. Next we examine the Theater of the Absurd with Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano and Beckett's Waiting for Godot. The influential Brechtian political theater is represented in Mother Courage. We then consider Pinter’s unique mode in The Homecoming. Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire takes us to twentieth-century American realism. We conclude with drama directed to social issues—Churchill’s powerful examination of feminism in Top Girls and Hansberry’s still relevant drama of American racism in A Raisin the Sun.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

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: 2:31pm 4/19/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019