HISTORY IN THE MAKING
A freshman seminar focusing on close readings of dramatic texts with an eye to their realization in performance. The theme of this seminar is the relationship between drama and history. Plays range from the Greeks to Shakespeare, to Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia, to the musical, HAMILTON:THE REVOLUTION. We will concern ourselves with the development of creative research methods primarily for actors and directors and of a rationale for the intersection of history as represented in these plays and contemporary U.S. culture. We will investigate the concept of national identity as a social construction and examine in depth the ideals, assumptions, and conflicts of the various cultures represented in these plays. A central focus of the course is the critical assessment of the ethical and political consequences of the characters’ public and personal decision-making with emphasis on understanding ways in which the ethical and political issues/controversies of the characters as represented in these plays, frame and shape human conduct.
Jody McAuliffe (https://scholars.duke.edu/person/mca)