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Valerie Curtis-Newton
DRAMA 365
Seattle Campus

Ethnic Studies in Drama

Theatre and plays, post-World War II to the present. Style, content, and context explored. Emphasis on social, political, and economic milieu from which theatre arose. Playwrights studied may include Alice Childress, August Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Percy Mtwa, Luis Valdez, and Maria Fornes. Prerequisite: DRAMA 302.

Class description

For Autumn 2003: This course examines the work of several Black women playwrights giving attention to the social, political and economic contexts in which their works were created and presented. We will take time to examine a range of plays with regard to form, content and historical content. Our goal is to uncover/rediscover the work of these women.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

While this is a seminar, there is a significant amount of preparation for each class. We will read at least one play per week. In addition, there will articles and research assigned. (Note: There will be brief quizzes and pop- writing assignments.)

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Each student will write a paper on some aspect of a given text, a playwrights work or life, or the historical context or production history of a particular play.

Project Teams will present research covering a particular playwright.

Participation 15%: based on discussions (attendance is also a consideration here.) Preparation 10%: based on discussions, quizzes and papers Text Analysis 20%: based on paper, presentations, and discussions Paper 30% Presentation 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Valerie Curtis-Newton
Date: 10/01/2003