This is a hybrid course meant to instruct students in critical writing and also to introduce students to issues and periods in theatre history and theory. The theme for this section is Women in Theatre. Students will learn about the changing constructions of women over time, beginning in the late nineteenth century and moving to the present. By reading and investigating popular European and American plays as sources for the depiction of women, the course will ask students to understand differences in waves of feminist thought, gender and queer theory, and considerations of women of color. We will look for iterations of these in performance texts (plays) and in production and performance choices (when possible.) We will discuss the way presentations of female characters, such as Blanche DuBois, resist, challenge, or reflect gender issues and theories of the play’s time and of the contemporary period.
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