AREL 845 - Women and Theatre: Playwriting Their Lives
Women have long claimed the stage as a means of telling their stories and embodying their personal responses to the world around them. Like the 10th century canoness, Hrosvit of Gandersheim, considered to be the first woman dramatist in the West, a spectrum of women playwrights have brought their own form of Hrosvit’s appellation of “forceful testimony” to the stage. This course will move in two directions:
We will study a variety of writers including those who have been underrepresented as well as others who are now emerging in American theatre. Critical essays, memoirs, interviews, and other material relevant to the playwrights’ lives and to the context from which they write, will also be studied. Secondly, through in-class writing development, the students will move toward the theatrical telling of individual stories and have the opportunity to script a short dramatic piece.
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