Jan 22, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin
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AFST 171 - (AA) African American Drama

Semester Hours: 3


What is African-American Drama? What are the aesthetic, social, and performative traditions that shaped plays and performance works created by African-American theater artists? This course surveys the development of African American drama from the mid-19th century to the present day.  It considers the dramatic arts alongside historical social movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, the black power movement, and black feminism, as well as discourses on gender, sexuality, and the creation of racially conscious and inclusive theater. The class will look at the ways in which African American artists used theatre to engage with their audiences and their historical moment, and will examine ways in which the arts have been central to activism. Students will read and discuss a wide sampling of black authors’ works enhanced by viewings of selected films and documentaries.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
WSC 001 , WSC 002  and passing of Writing Proficiency exam.

Credit is given for AFST 171 or DRAM 171 , not both.


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