Featured Summer Course: Themes in Literature - 6 Great Plays in 6 Weeks

May 28, 2009

EN 4055 - Themes in Literature
From Page to Stage: Six Great Plays in Six Weeks
Summer Session 1 (May 26-July 2)
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:00 - 9:20 p.m.

This six-week summer course will draw upon the works of six major and modern playwrights to introduce students to the basic literary and theatrical conventions of drama. In conjunction with scheduled reading and writing assignments, the course will examine the historical and philosophical contexts of each play, as well as analyze significant scenes from major theatrical and cinematic adaptations. The course will also focus on the creative and cultural transformations of black-and-white literary texts into living, breathing theatrical productions. Students will also have the opportunity to travel with the class as a group to see current productions of some of the same works covered in the course, including: 


John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winner, "Doubt:A Parable"
People’s Light & Theatre in Malvern, PA (June 23-June 28)
Tarell Alvin McCraney’s acclaimed "Brother/Sister Plays"
McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ (April 24-June 21) 

William Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, "The Tempest"
The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey in Madison, NJ (June 24-August 2)

For additional information on this course, contact Professor Michael Stamps at or 215-489-4867.