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Spring 2017-2018
* THR 348 / ENG 448 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Bernard Shaw: Theater, Sex and Celebrity

Fintan O'Toole

In 2016, Bob Dylan became the second person to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize. The first was Bernard Shaw, arguably the first private individual in history to create a global personal brand: GBS was instantly recognizable from Shanghai to New York. He did this while using plays, speeches and polemics to attack orthodox ideas about sex, money and power and show gender and social class as performances. In this course, we follow Shaw's career as the creator of Pygmalion, Man and Superman, Major Barbara and St Joan, see and review My Fair Lady on Broadway and explore his use of celebrity to unsettle and challenge his audiences.

Sample reading list:
Fintan O'Toole, Judging Shaw: The Radicalism of GBS
Stanley Weintraub (ed.), The Portable Shaw
Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara
Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Bernard Shaw, Common Sense about the War
Lerner and Lowe, My Fair Lady (musical playscript)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Each student will make a short blog post before class and write a 1000-word review of My Fair Lady on Broadway. Two essays will be presented, one immediately after Spring Break, one on Dean's Date

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 35%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:

Reserved Seats:
Juniors and Seniors Only 9
Freshmen and Sophomores Only 9


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43669 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled