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ERH 230: Artistic Responses to Social & Political Issues, Lt. Col. Hodde

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African American Playwrights

This course studies the ways in which 21st Century American playwrights, as dramatic artists, have responded creatively to social and political issues. In particular, we will explore the dramatic techniques and rhetorical contexts of American drama through master artists such as Arthur Miller and Lorraine Hansberry to newer voices in the field (Anna Deavere Smith, Ayad Akhtar, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins). Through performance-based readings, dramaturgical analysis and creative responses for new audiences, cadets will engage American playwrights critically from the page to the stage. We’ll explore sociopolitical themes such as work, social crisis, community, and the American dream to understand how these artists humanize the national landscape.

Essay: Plot Analysis
Format: Interesting title, H/R, 4 pages or 1200 words min; 1.5 spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman, MLA style for in-text citations and a Works Cited (Use OWL Purdue website)
Citation Style: MLA
Number of Sources: At least 1 play review and 1 scholarly article connected to an issue.
Plays: Notes from the "Field" or "A Raisin in the Sun"

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