Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
190301506110AMERICAN THEATREElective365
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
Course aims to let students understand, learn, recognize and appreciate particularly the value of 20th century American Drama.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Dr. Öğretim Üyesi Zafer ŞAFAK
Learning Outcomes
1Knowing the historical development of American Drama and its historical sources.
2Knowing the historical development of American Drama and its historical sources.
3Comprehending Realism, Expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism in relation to the development of American Literature.
4Comprehending Realism, Expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism in relation to the development of American Literature.
5Being able to make qualified research on the prominant theatre groups in American drama.
6Being able to make qualified research on the prominant theatre groups in American drama.
7To be able to make evaluations on the cultural, social and economic variables in American Drama in the pre and post World War Periods.
8To be able to make evaluations on the cultural, social and economic variables in American Drama in the pre and post World War Periods.
9To be able to make inter-cultural inferences in centering American Drama.
10To be able to make inter-cultural inferences in centering American Drama.
Mode of Delivery
Daytime Class
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Introduction to American Literature
Recommended Optional Programme Components
In the first place, the participants are expected to have obtained, Modern American Drama (Chelsea House Publishers, 2005, edit. by Harold Bloom) and read attentively the following sections to be able to recognize and appreciate the value of 20th century American Drama: Introduction 1-13 (by Harold Bloom), Eugene O’Neill 13-21 (by Lionel Trilling), Edward Albee: Don’t Make Waves 21-45 (by Gerald Weales), Minting Their Separate Wills: Tennessee Williams and Hart Crane 73-97 (by Gilbert Debusscher), Arthur Miller: Public Issues, Private Tensions 115-125 (by Robert A. Martin).
Course Contents
The course covers the roots of American Drama, the stages of its development and the literary dramatic movements emerged and developed in the U.S from the early 20th century up to the present. The course pays specific attention to the outstanding plays and the playwrights observed in the mainstream dramatic movements in question. Students are expected to acquire the knowledge of distinct periods of American Drama and of its plays and playwrights while being able to make comparison and contrast among the periodical dominant themes backed up social and cultural realities.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction Patriotism in American Drama (18th Century) Civil War to Modernism (19th Century) Modernism (20th Century) Modernist Movements (Realism, Naturalism, Expressionism, Dadaism, Surrealism)--
2The New Theatre Movement and Eugene O’Neill The Amateur Theatre Groups in Greenwich Village (1915-1929) American Drama in the 1920s Eugene O’Neill (1888-1955)--
3The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill--
4The Drama of Attack American Drama and the Great Depression (The 1930s) Clifford Odets (1906-1963) Lillian Hellinan (1905-1984)--
5Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets--
6Post-War American Drama Broadway Theatre and the Real Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) Arthur Miller (1915-2005)--
7Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller (Drama for Students Vol. 1/ 61-79)--
8Mid-Term Exam--
9A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams--
10Beyond Broadway The Theatre of the Absurd Edward Albee (1928-2016) Arthur Kopit (1937-2021)--
11Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? by Edward Albee (Drama for Students Vol. 3/ 361-385)--
12The Creative 1960s Civil Right Movements and Vietnam Conflict The New Venue (Cafe Theatres) The New American Theatre Groups and Major Performance Groups--
13Off-Broadway Theatre Sam Shepard (1943-2017) African American Dramatic Literature August Wilson (1945-2005)--
14Art, Theatre and Performance Women Playwrights: Feminist Drama:Maria Irene Fornes, Ntozake Shange Chicano Theater: Luis Valdez Performance Art/Solo Performances--
Recommended or Required Reading
Drama for Students Vol. 1-28, David Calens, Lynn Spampinato, Editors, Detroi t& London, 1998-2011. A Critical Introduction to Twentieth Century American Drama, Bigsby, C.W.E./ Cambridge University Press, 1984. The Oxford Companion to American Theatre, Bordman Gerald/ Oxford University Press, 2004. Modern American Drama, Harold Bloom, Editor, Chelsea House Publishers, 2005. Introduction to American Dramatic Literature, Ahmet Beşe, Fenomen, 2009.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Examination1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
SUM100
Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
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Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination12020
Final Examination12020
Attending Lectures14342
Discussion12020
Criticising Paper15050
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)152
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