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American dreams? Monetized bodies, terror, and trauma in American Drama

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 6
Module lead
Alireza Fakhrkonandeh

Module overview

What constitutes the experience of being American, or of America itself? This module will explore these questions by examining the aesthetic, social, and political ideas of modern and contemporary American dramatists. The theorist Jean Baudrillard saw America as a ‘utopia achieved’, a new world order distinct from European notions of progress and history. Yet the modern period, spanning the Vietnam War, the rise of global capitalism, and the repercussions of 9/11 in the Middle East, undermined this vision. This module will introduce you to the subgenres, strands, and trends of modern American drama, encouraging you to see the plays we study as both literary and cultural artefacts.

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