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Spring 2017-2018
* ENG 376 / THR 376 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Curious Aesthetics: Twentieth-Century American Musical Theatre

Tamsen O. Wolff

The musical possesses unique conventions of form and narrative. Focusing primarily on the American musical post-WWII, this course will look at the phenomenon of musical theatre, analyzing musicals both as texts and as performances. We will use a variety of critical methods to address a number of related questions, including: how do musicals work on audiences? What kinds of cultural work do musicals do? What about the experiences and form of musical theatre, the friction or fusion of song, dance, and script, makes it enduringly popular and perhaps particularly American?

Sample reading list:
Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, Show Boat
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Adam Guettel and Tina Landau, Floyd Collins
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe, My Fair Lady
Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, Assassins
Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Once More, With Feeling"

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly response papers, 2 papers 6-8 pages, 1 review, 1 presentation, 1-2 musicals a week, and 20-30 pages criticism.

Papers - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other information:
Department Distribution: Modernity, Theory/Criticism.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43156 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   4   Enrolled:17 Limit:25