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|1||Modern Theatre: Antecedents and Origins [Buchner; Wagner; Gesamtkunstwerk]; toward a modern consciousness||Required: Modernism,
Wagner, "The Art-Work of the Future;"
Williams, "When Was Modernism?"
Optional: Arnold Houser, V. II, ch. 3, "The Origins of the Domestic Drama," The Social History of Art
|2||Realism; Naturalism; Becque; Zola||Modernism, 497-512;
Zola, "Naturalism on the Stage";
Lukacs, "The Sociology of Modern Drama;"
Becque, The Vultures
|3||The Dramaturgy of Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekov||Ibsen, Brand, Peer Gynt, Rosmersholm; Strindberg, The Father, A dream Play|
Maeterlinck, Pelleas and Melisande;
Acts 1-2; Acts 3-4; Act 5;
Deak, "Symbolist Staging at the Theatre D'Art";
Roinard, Song of Songs of Solomon
|5||Branches develop: Confrontation and Abstraction; Jarry; the Uses of an Avant-garde||
Jarry, Ubu Roi
|6||Appropriation of the Avant-garde; Meyerhold; Reinhardt|
Required: Modernism 243-73;
Nichols, Ch. 5;
Kruchenykh, Victory Over the Sun ; Marinetti, The "Variety Theatre" Manifesto
Optional Gerould, "Eisenstein's Wiseman," and
Eisenstein, "Montage of Attractions;"
Cangiullo, "The Lady-Killer and the Four Seasons"
Tzara, The Gas Heart
Nichols, Ch. 10
Manifestoes: "Open the Prisons! Disband the Army;"
"Declaration of 27 January 1925;"
"La Revolution Surrealiste;" Apollinaire, The Breasts of Tiresias Cocteau, The Wedding on the Eiffel Tower
Rubiner, "Man in the Center;" Kornfeld, "Epilogue to the Actor;" Kokoschka, Murderer the Woman's Hope;
|11||Dance; Mime and visual Theatre; Bahaus||TBA|
|12||Artaud and the Inter-war Years||Artaud, The Theater and its Double, 7-100;
Jet of Blood
Weiss, Marat Sade
Genet, The Maids; The Balcony
|13||Brecht, Marxism, and Modernism||
"The Street Scene" and
"The Modern Theatre is the Epic Theatre";
Baal; Man is Man
|14||Absurdism, Existentialism and Beyond||
Required: Esslin, "Introductions"
and "The Significance of the Absurd,"
The Theatre of the Absurd;
Pinter, Old Times;
Optional: Esslin, Chapters on Pinter
|15||From Modernism to Post-modernism||TBA|