MAContemporary American Drama

Credit points: 3
Contact hours: 30
Type: Seminar Classes

Main Instructor

Mojca Krevel, PhD, Professor


Jason Blake, PhD, Professor

Course Description

An overview of the main works, movements and tendencies in 20th century American drama.
Introduction of characteristic features of contemporary American drama.
Presentations of students' papers on various aspects of contemporary American drama, followed by discussions.
Analysis and interpretation of selected plays.
A survey of the influence of contemporary American drama on world drama and other arts (esp. Prose and film).


Bigsby C. A Critical Introduction to Twentieth Century American Drama. Cambridge: CUP, 1992.
Bigsby, C.W.E. Modern American Drama, 1945-2000. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Carlson, Marvin. Theories of the Theatre: A Historical & Critical Survey, from the Greeks to the Present. Ithaca&London: Cornell University Press, 1993.
Dickinson, Thomas H. Playwrights of the New American Theater. Whitefish: Kessinger Publishing, 2004.
Milling, Jane & Ley, Graham. Modern Theories of Performance. Houndsmill: Palgrave MacMillan, 2001
Pfister, Manfred. The Theory and Analysis of Drama (European Studies in English Literature). Prev. John Halliday. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Sternlicht, Sanford V. A Reader's Guide to Modern American Drama. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2002.

A list of selected plays is provided at the beginning of the course.