Module Identifier DR26920  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Alison Forsyth  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite Sucessful completion of Part One Drama  
Course delivery Lecture   1 x 1 hour per week  
  Seminars / Tutorials   1 x 1 hour per week  
  Other   Viewings to be arranged  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  40%
Semester Assessment Two essays of 2000 words each, one worth 20% the other worth 30% of the assessment.50%
Semester Assessment Class contribution10%
Supplementary Assessment Written essay / Exam : Failed work must be re-submitted or retaken. To resit class contribution, the student will be asked to submit a 1500 word essay.100%

Learning outcomes

On sucessful completion of the module students should be able to:

Brief description

A selection of plays will provide a springboard from which to explore a variety of issues and to pose a number of questions about not only "American"Theatre, but also "American" identity: How far has multiculturalism succeeded in America? To what extent can the "voices" of the many ethnic, social, religious and cultural groups in America be heard? How and to what extent has theatre/performance (from early 1960s to the late 1990s) contributed toward providing a platform for the many "other" voices that make the United States?


Reading Lists

Baraka, I A (1984) the Autobiography of leRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka
Berson, M (1998) "The Demon in David Hwang" in American Theatre
Bigsby, C W E (2000) Modern American Drama: 1945-2000
Broyles-Gonzalez, Y (1994) El Teatro Campesino: Theatre in the Chicano Movement
Campbell, N and Kean, A (1997) American Cultural Studies: An introduction to American Culture
Cummings, S (1985) "Seeing With Clarity: The Visions of Maria Irene Fornes" in Theatre 17/1 51-56
Geis, D R (1997) Approaching the Millennium: Essays on Angels in America
Kimball, K (1988) Sam Shepard
Stayton, R (1993) "An Interview with Anne Deavere Smith" in American Theatre
Savron, D (1988) In their own Words: Contemporary American Playwrights


This module is at CQFW Level 5