Studies in Modern Literature : Stoppard & Modernism

Course Number: ENGL 187SM
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 187AA-ZZ
Quarter: Winter 2012
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different. For reasons we will attempt to discern, the inventive postmodern dramas of Tom Stoppard frequently return to the figures and ideas of "modernism" (a term used loosely to describe the literary and artistic experiments of the early twentieth century). Reading Stoppard's dramas and the historical figures he contends with, this course will study Stoppard both as a dramatist in his own right, and as a reader of modernist art and ideology. Texts will likely include: Travesties, based on James Joyce and Tristan Tzara; After Magritte, based on the surrealist painter; the radio play Artist Descending a Staircase, with echoes of Marcel Duchamp; Dogg's Hamlet and Cahoot's Macbeth, which rework Shakespeare through the philosophies of Ludwig Wittgenstein; and Indian Ink, which depicts a young English poet in the context of Gandhi's independence movement. 

Assignments will include group presentations, a midterm and a final exam, and a research paper. It would be helpful for all students to have read Macbeth and Hamlet before the course gets underway.