610014 PS Critical Area Studies: American Cultures: American Drama and Film

summer semester 2021 | Last update: 03.03.2021 Place course on memo list
PS Critical Area Studies: American Cultures: American Drama and Film
PS 2
each semester

Students will know the major works of American drama.

This course is designed to provide a survey of American drama. We will discuss major examples of American plays (reading list) and some of their movie adaptations, including:


Dion Boucicault, The Octoroon (1859)

Susan Glaspell, Trifles (1916)

Eugene O'Neill, Emperor Jones (1920 + movie)

Elmer Rice, Adding Machine (1923)

Thornton Wilder, Our Town (1938 + movie)

Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire (1947 + movie)

Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman (1949 + movie)

Edward Albee, Zoo Story (1958)

Lorraine Hansberry, Raisin in the Sun (1959 + movie)

David Mamet, Glen Gary Glen Ross (1992 + movie)

Edward Albee, The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (2002)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleebag (2016-17 TV-series)

Lecture inputs, weekly viewings/readings, student presentations, group discussions.

Course requirements include: active class participation, a presentation with discussion leading, and a 12-15 page research paper.

Students are encouraged to enlist for research topics and topics for discussion leading prior to the seminar.

As far as possible, course materials and selected primary and secondary sources will be posted on OLAT or Moodle.

For Bachelor Program Lehramt (457): positive completion of compulsory module 16

For students of the BA Teacher Training Program (457), it is strongly recommended to have passed the VU Introduction to American Cultures.