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IGNOU MEG-17 - American Drama

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IGNOU MEG-17 Code Details

  • University IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)
  • Title American Drama
  • Language(s) English
  • Code MEG-17
  • Subject English
  • Degree(s) MA
  • Course Optional Courses

IGNOU MEG-17 English Topics Covered

Block 1 - American Drama: An Introduction

  • Unit 1 - The Beginning of American Drama
  • Unit 2 - Influences
  • Unit 3 - Emergence of forms in American Drama

Block 2 - Musicals and Farce

  • Unit 1 - What is a Musical?
  • Unit 2 - Key Elements of Musical
  • Unit 3 - The Necessity of Musicals
  • Unit 4 - Royall Tyler’s The Contrast As A Farce
  • Unit 5 - What is a Farce?
  • Unit 6 - William Dean Howells’ Self-Sacrifice As A Farce

Block 3 - Naturalism/ Realism

  • Unit 1 - Naturalism/Realism: The Concept
  • Unit 2 - Lorraine Hansberry‘s A Raisin in the Sun As A Realist Play
  • Unit 3 - Lorraine Hansberry‘s A Raisin in the Sun As A Marxist Play

Block 4 - The Twentieth Century Poetic Drama

  • Unit 1 - Origin of Poetic Drama in the Early Twentieth Century
  • Unit 2 - T.S.Eliot’s Contribution to Poetic Drama
  • Unit 3 - T.S. Eliot’s A Family Reunion as a Poetic Drama
  • Unit 4 - Modernism in T.S. Eliot’s A Family Reunion (Ms. Pritha Banerjee)

Block 5 - Absurd Drama

  • Unit 1 - The Idea of the Absurd Drama
  • Unit 2 - Absurd Drama: Technique
  • Unit 3 - Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Contextualizing the Text
  • Unit 4 - Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf as an Absurd drama

Block 6 - Expressionism

  • Unit 1 - Expressionism: The Concept
  • Unit 2 - The Technique of Expressionism
  • Unit 3 - Eugene O Neill’s The Emperor Jones as an Exposition of Expressionism
  • Unit 4 - Eugene O Neill as a Pioneer of Psycho`logical Drama

Block 7 - Avant Gardism

  • Unit 1 - The Idea of Avant Garde
  • Unit 2 - Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie as an Avant Garde Play
  • Unit 3 - Theme of Social Protest in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menageri
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IGNOU MEG-17 (July 2024 - January 2025) Assignment Questions

1. Had it not been for the Puritans, the approach of the world to American Drama would have been different – discuss. 2. Discuss the American identity and social issues that influenced American drama. 3. Attempt a critical note on ‘Musical’ and ‘Farce’ as important forms of American Drama. 4. Discuss William Dean Howell’s ‘Self Sacrifice’ as a Farce. 5. Discuss ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ as a Marxist play. 6. Discuss Absurd Theatre in American literature. Give some examples from your syllabus.

IGNOU MEG-17 (July 2023 - January 2024) Assignment Questions

1. Had it not been for Puritans, American Drama would have been different – discuss. 2. What do you understand by Experimental Theatre? 3. Attempt a critical note on ‘Musical’ and ‘Farce’ as forms of American Drama. 4. Discuss William Dean Howell’s ‘Self Sacrifice’ as a Farce. 5. Discuss ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ as a Marxist play. 6. What is Absurd Theatre? Elucidate with some example.
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