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Undergraduate Course: Landmarks of American Theatre II (LLLG07008)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

American twentieth century theatre witnessed the production of many acknowledged masterpieces: we will study Eugene O┬┐Neill's 'The Iceman Cometh' (1949), Arthur Miller's 'All My Sons' (1947) and 'The Crucible' (1952), Tennessee Williams's 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' (1955), Edward Albee's 'Zoo Story' (1958), and David Mamet's 'American Buffalo' (1975). Using extracts from films and stage recordings the course will track the development and innovative power of the greatest American dramatists.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course, students will have learned a great deal about the individual playwrights and about the main developments in 20th century American theatre, and the ways in which it has assimilated European influences and found its own "voice". Students will also become more aware of the collaborative and interpretive aspects of theatre, through discussion of productions seen on stage and watched on video in class. They will also be more aware of the social, political and moral dimensions of theatre through relating these plays to the life and times of the playwrights (as outlined), and become familiar with the plays' critical receptions, and the ways in which some of the writers were influenced by others studied on the course and by earlier European playwrights.
Reading List
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Caroline Bamford
Tel: (0131 6)50 4322
Email: Caroline.Bamford@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Marie Craft
Tel: (0131 6)50 3943
Email: marie.craft@ed.ac.uk
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