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EARLY AMERICAN THEATRE AND DRAMA
Drama 504
 J. FRICK

 

"Turning facts into interpreted symbols, the final stage of the historian's craft, 
becomes the most difficult and is the most intellectually dangerous"
-Warren Susman, Culture as History


OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:

  Through the reading of the 19th century playtexts as social documents, to examine the complex and ever-changing role(s) the theatre played in the 19th century American life and the ways in which the major issues of the century {formation of the middle class, responses to city culture, abolition, temperance, women's rights, etc} were "played out" and, to a degree, "worked out" on the country's stages.

   To examine the evolving role of the performer throughout the 19th century.

  To study the "popular" stage in America as a cultural barometer and one of the first social institutions to reflect social tensions, fissures, ruptures, etc.

  To introduce students to the dramatic literature of the 19th century.

  to create a research methodology that is useful to working theatre professionals.



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