(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


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


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.