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Upon successful completion of this module students can expect to:
• Be able to convey in critical terms the biographical details of Tennessee Williams’ life and the ways in which it relates to his writing.
• Have an intricate critical understanding of the major dramatic works of Tennessee Williams and their screen-adaptations.
• Have a broad critical understanding of Tennessee Williams’ lesser-known works with particular regard to his short prose fiction, and his considerable corpus of one-act plays.
• Become conversant with several scholarly discourses regarding Tennessee Williams’ work, with key focuses on his representations of sexualities, gender expression and identity, and the Deep South landscapes in which they are situated.
• Understand and be able to critically express the relationships between the American Deep South, sexualities, and Williams’ writing.
- Eras or periodization of Williams' creative output
- forms, genres, and dramatic structure of Williams' work.
- Williams and the one-act drama form; limitations, expectations, boundary busting
|Student Effort Type
|Specified Learning Activities
|Autonomous Student Learning
|Seminar (or Webinar)
Not applicable to this module.
|% of Final Grade
|Continuous Assessment: Scene Analysis: Word Count; 1500 Words
Students will choose one scene from a suite of pre-selected scenes from plays studied between weeks 1-5 and write a 1500-word analysis of the scene.
|Presentation: In either pairs or groups, students will open each seminar with a short 5-10 minute presentation on either one major play by Tennessee Williams, or a group of short plays.
|Throughout the Trimester
|Pass/Fail Grade Scale
|Essay: End of Trimester Essay: Students will write a 3000-word essay, the topic of which they will develop themselves. This development will be done via a detailed consultation process with Dr O'Brien.
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Not yet recorded.