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Literature in English
“Literature is what keeps us from shrivelling into something completely superficial. And it takes us out of ourselves, too… It reminds you of standards: standards of elegance, of feeling, of seriousness, of sarcasm, or whatever. It reminds you that there is more than you, better than you.”
~ Susan Sontag
This course examines the American family and society as portrayed in five 20th century American plays. While the focus of each class in on the analysis of the written scripts, certain excerpts from the theatrical or cinematic productions of these plays will also be shown and discussed.
From classical Greek drama to contemporary theatre, the stage has always been an integral part of the human experience. The course looks at selective moments in the history of drama in which certain playwrights benefited fully from the history of the genre and yet departed so radically from that history. Exploring the content as well as the form of their dramatic works provides key insights into some of the most important societal and cultural issues of both past and present.
Books for reading / discussion * :
(Subject to change)
- A Shimmering Sea: Hong Kong Stories
- The Golden Needle
- Wannabe Backpackers
- A Misted Mirror
- Memoirs of an Ice-Cream Lady
- Searching for Frederick
- Chocolate's Brown Study in the Bag