CONTEMPORARY ENGLISH-CANADIAN DRAMA

(required optional course)
Péter Szaffkó


This required optional course is designed both as the continuation of the course ENGLISH-CANADIAN DRAMA AND THEATRE and as a self-contained course introducing students to the main trends and schools of the playwright's achievement in English-Canadian drama, a critical assessment of the play's reception, a short scene from the assigned play enacted by 2 students and a discussion of the play. Grading will be based on the above and a home essay of about 10 double-spaced type-written pages on any of the plays discussed in the seminar. The home essay should be handed in by 5 June.

Reading assignments:

Week of
Feb 2

Orientation and organization of the seminar

Feb 9

Main Trends in Contemporary English-Canadian Drama and Theatre (LECTURE)

Collective Creations:

Feb 16

Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille, 1837: The Farmer's Revolt (With Salutin's Preface included)

Feb 23

Rudy Weibe, The West Show

Regional Playwrights:

Mar 2

Michael Cook, The Heads, Guts And Sound Bone Dance

Mar 9

David Fennario, Balconville

Mar 16

John Murrell, Waiting for the Parade

Mar 23

Sharon Pollock, Blood Relations

Mar 30

Tomson Highway, The Rez Sisters

The Comic Vein:

Apr 6

David French, Jitters

SPRING BREAK

Apr 20

Erika Ritter, Automatic Pilot

Apr 27

George F. Walker, Criminals in Love

The Canadian Absurd:

May 4

Beverly Simons, Crabdance

May 11

George F. Walker, Theatre of the Film Noir


Criticism:

Canadian Drama and the Critics. Ed. Leonard Conolly (1987).
The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre. Ed. Eugene Benson and L.W. Conolly. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989.
Wagner, Anton, ed. Contemporary Canadian Theatre: New World Visions. Toronto: Simon&Pierre, 1985.
Wasserman, Jerry. Preface. Modern Canadian Plays.Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1986.
All these books are on reserve in the institute library.