This course is a survey of classical and modern drama from Africa, China, India, Japan, and Latin America. Topics will include Noh and Kabuki, Beijing Opera, Sanskrit theater, Nigerian masquerades and a variety of selections from the rich modern Indian and Latin American canons. There may be trips to NYC or locally to see new theater works.
Sample reading list:
Tang Xianzu, The Peony Pavilion
Yukio Mishima, Modern Noh Plays
Derek Walcott, Dream on Monkey Mountain
Griselda Gambaro, The Camp
Wole Soyinka, Death and the King’s Horseman
See instructor for complete list
Readings will be approximately two plays per week. There will be occasional viewing of films. In addition to midterm and final papers, other assignments will be one page responses to several plays and small group in class presentations.