Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PMA 3758 - Contemporary American Theatre on Stage and Screen

(also AMST 3370 , ENGL 3370 ) (LA-AS)
Spring. 4 credits.

Limited to 15 students.

J. E. Gainor.

How has theatre shaped our notion of America and Americans in the second half of the 20th century and beyond?  What role has politics played in recent theatrical experimentation?  How has performance been used as a platform for constructing and deconstructing concepts of identity, community, and nationality?  And how and why have certain plays in this era been translated to the screen? In this course we will examine major trends in the American theatre from 1960 to the present.  We will focus on theatre that responds directly to or intervenes in moments of social turmoil, including: the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, the Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Movement, and the AIDS epidemic. We will also explore the tensions between Broadway and alternative theatre production. (HTC)

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