Modern World Drama

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Discipline ElectiveSUS1EN2724

Semester and Year Offered: Winter semester 2016

Course Coordinator and Team: TBD

Email of course coordinator: TBD

Pre-requisites: None

Aim: The course has been designed keeping in mind AUD’s vision of dismantling hierarchies in all forms. The choice of plays in different languages will expose students to a range of dramatic literary expressions. The course includes plays by Indian, Norwegian, African, Irish, Swedish, German, French and Italian playwrights. By engaging students with plays produced in both Europe and postcolonial societies the course tries (a) to interpret and understand some of the preeminent dramatic forms, concepts and texts of the modern world, (b) to engage with drama and dramatics cross-culturally, (c) to make students realise the importance of non-European forms so as to dismantle Eurocentrism, while simultaneously making them respect and appreciate the European genius, and (d) to explore how some of the dramatic and theatrical traditions of the West were appropriated, subverted and refashioned in postcolonial societies.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

Module I| Naturalist and Realist European Drama

Ibsen, Henrik.A Doll’s Housein A Doll’s House and Other Plays. Trans. Peter Watts.

Penguin Classics, (1879) 2003.

Strindberg, August. Miss Julie inMiss Julie and Other Plays. Trans. Michael Robinson.

Oxford and NY: OUP, (1998), 2008.

Module 2: Epic Theatre

Brecht, Bertolt. Mother Courage and Her Children, 1939. Trans. Eric Bentley. NY:

Grove Press, 1966.

Module 3: Modern European Drama (Existentialist and Absurd Drama)

Beckett, Samuel. “Waiting for Godot: A Tragi-comedy in Two Acts”. The Complete

Dramatic Works. Faber &Faber, 2006.

Sartre, Jean Paul.No Exitin No Exit and Three Other Plays. London: Vintage, 1976

Dario Fo.Accidental Death of an Anarchist. London: Metheun, 1970/1991

Module 4: Postcolonial Drama

NgugiwaThiong’o, and MicereGithaeMugo.The Trial of Dedan Kimathi.Heinemann, 1976

Suggested Readings:

  • Jean-Paul Sartre, “Existentialism and Humanism,” in Stephen Priest, ed., Jean Paul Sartre: Essential Writings. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Christina Howells, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Sartre. Cambridge: CUP, 1992.
  • Martin Esslin.The Theatre of the Absurd. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1961
  • Albert Camus. The Myth of Sisyphus. Hamish Hamilton, 1955
  • Friedric Jameson. The Antinomies of Realism. London: Verso, 2013.
  • Rene Walleck. “The Concept of Realism in Literary Scholarship” in Concepts of Criticism. 1963
  • D Grant. Realism. London; Metheun, 1970.
  • Bill Ashcroft et al, ed. “Introduction”, The Empire Writes Back.
  • Ania Loomba, Colonialism/Postcolonialism.
  • Dennis Walder, Post-colonial Literatures in English: History, Language,Theory.
  • Robert Young, Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race .
  • PadminiMongia, ed. Contemporary Postcolonial Theory: A Reader.

Tentative Assessment schedule with details of weightage:



Date/period in which Assessment will take place



Class Test

Early Feb



Mid Semester Exam

As per AUD Academic Calendar




End March




Last fortnight of classes



End Semester Exam

As per AUD Academic Calendar



Class Participation and discussion

Throughout the semester