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ENG4411 – American Drama Between the Wars

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Course content

The period between the world wars is one of the richest in American drama, being a time of the development of dramatic realism, expressionism, and other forms by dramatists such as Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, Thornton Wilder, Lillian Hellman, and Elmer Rice. This course will study a representative selection of one-act and full-length plays from the period, including classics such as Long Day's Journey Into Night, Trifles, Our Town, The Children's Hour, and Street Scene.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • acquired detailed knowledge American drama in the interwar years;
  • developed the analytic abilities and critical faculties necessary for a deeper understanding of drama as an art form, including elements such as structure and plot, characterization, dialogue, and genre.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the master program in literature, LAP or other suitable master programs.


Seminar, two hours per week for ten weeks.

Attendance is an obligatory class requirement (80%).


A term paper of 10 standard pages (topic to be decided between teacher and student).

All written papers must be accompanied by a declaration concerning cheating Obligatorisk erklæring vedr. fusk

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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Marks will be published on Studentweb no later than three weeks after the submission date/exam.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

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The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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Autumn 2012


Autumn 2012

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