The decades after World War II saw the emergence of important playwrights such as Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, though Eugene O'Neill remained the dominant dramatist and continued to exert influence through his innovative work.
This course aims to introduce students to these three outstanding writers. The introduction will provide the opportunity for closer analysis of these writers and the issues they examine. Readings and classroom discussions will enable students not only to develop the analytic skills needed to address dramatic texts and but also to relate their understanding of American plays to the cultural and historical background from which they developed. Students will be encouraged to become aware of a variety of critical approaches to dramatic texts.
The course will focus on Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night (1941), Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie (1944) and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (1949).