DRM462H1: Black Playwrights: Resistance, Resilience and Transformation

Hours

18L/18S

Previous Course Number

DRM488H1

An exploration of dramatic literature by writers from the African Diaspora (Canada, USA, UK and the Caribbean) from 1959 to the present. The course will identify playwrights central to the development of Black theatre, their plays, and performance practices. Emphasis will be placed on dramaturgical analysis, sociohistorical context, the author’s influences, and relevant critical writing, in order to evaluate these works as sites of social resistance, cultural resilience, and aesthetic transformation. Selected authors include: Lorraine Hansberry, Wole Soyinka, August Wilson, Derek Walcott, Debbie Hunter Green, George Elliott Clarke, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Walter Borden, Suzan-Lori Parks, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Ntozake Shange.

Prerequisite
14.0 credits including DRM220Y1
Exclusion
DRM488H1 (Senior Seminar in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies: Black Playwrights), offered in Fall 2019
Distribution Requirements
Humanities
Breadth Requirements
Creative and Cultural Representations (1)