LIT 3043: Modern Drama
Fall 2010 Course Syllabus

Weekly Schedule of Readings and Exercises

Class Details

Meeting: Tuesdays Room: Williams 201
Time: 14.00-15.15
Instructor: David L. Gants Office: Williams 316
Telephone: 617-379-0987 (Skype) E-mail: dgants(at)
Office Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays 09.00-10.30 or by arrangement

Course Overview

Course Description. Drama is one of the oldest forms of cultural expression, an art whose practices vary across time and place. In this course we will examine European and North American drama from the end of the Victorian period through today. The goal is to better understand what differentiates drama from other types of literature, what peculiar strengths and weaknesses it possesses, and how authors have explored this medium in the last 100+ years. No experience with theater is necessary, but the centrality of live performance to the dramatic will form a crucial part of the course.

Course Requirements.

Primary Texts.We will use one book for this course:

As noted above, you will also be required to attend a performance of the four plays being produced this fall by the FSU School of Theatre: Fat Pig, The Drowsy Chaperone, Bus Stop, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Course Policies.