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African-American Drama, 1950-Present

HNRS 2030 Sec. 05 - Spring 2020

Associate Dean Granger Babcock Ogden Honors College

M W F 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
200 French House

In this course, we will read and analyze the work of seven African-American writers who redefined the canon of American Drama over the past 60 years. Special attention will be given to how these writers respond to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements in the 60’s and 70’s, as well as to the oppressions of Jim Crow in the South and racial and economic segregation in the North. Attention will also be given to how these writers respond to what the playwright Ed Bullins calls the “So-Called Western Avant-Garde Drama” and to the search for specific forms of Black identity and representation, masculinity, and femininity. The playwrights: Alice Childress, Adrienne Kennedy, Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins, August Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, Dael Orlandersmith. 

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition