Synopsis 450

01:940:450 Spanish American Theater

Synopsis:
This course provides an overview of contemporary Spanish American theater and includes texts by playwrights from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile. Among the playwrights likely to be included are Rodolfo Usigli, Abelardo Estorino, Osvaldo Dragún, Enrique Buenaventura, Emilio Carballido, Roberto Cossa, Griselda Gambaro, Sabina Berman and Antonio Skármeta. Class discussions focus on the unique ways performance communicates cultural values, socio-political themes, and the issue of individual and collective identity. We will pay special attention to the themes of revolution, dictatorship, human rights and social justice, and we will examine the specific historical and cultural contexts in which the plays were written and performed, as well as some of the major theater trends of the twentieth century. One of the course projects will involve presenting a group reading of a scene from one of the plays we will read in class.

Learning Goals:

This course is certified in the Core Curriculum for the following 21st century goals:

  • Analyze the degree to which forms of human difference shape a person’s experiences of and perspectives on the world
  • Analyze issues of social justice across local and global contexts.

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Identify how theater communicates cultural values, socio-political themes, and the issue of individual and collective identity;
  • Analyze how both text and staging create meaning for readers and spectators;
  • Identify the historical and cultural contexts in which the works were written and produced.

Course Evaluation:

Class grade: 20%
Presentation (scene reading): 10%
Two papers (short textual analysis and research paper): 30%
Three quizzes: 40%

Required Texts:
No textbook required. Course materials will be posted on class Sakai site