0149. MURDER, MAYHEM, AND MADNESS: AMERICAN THEATRE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
12:00 - 2:00 pm Thursdays, September 2 - October 14*
MURDER, MAYHEM, AND MADNESS: AMERICAN THEATRE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Theatre has often been the staging ground for some of America’s most important artistic innovations and social commentary. From the modernist experimentation of Eugene O’Neill and the expressionism of Tennessee Williams to the political radicalism of the Black Arts Movement and Black Feminism, this course will consider the way modern dramatists have responded to some of the most troubling aspects of American culture. We will examine the central themes and ideas of several plays with a particular emphasis on the tropes of violence, madness, and the damaged body. Whether through their portrait of racial identity or disability, American playwrights have a long tradition of confronting audiences with the violent contradictions, complexities, and conflicts shaping twentieth-century life. In addition to O’Neill and Williams, some of the playwrights will include Amiri Baraka, Ntozake Shange, and John Belluso.
About The Lecturer
Thomas Fahy is a novelist, nonfiction writer, and professor of literature and creative writing. He has been widely acclaimed and received awards for his numerous works of fiction and non-fiction, as well as his scholarly research. He has also published essays on everything from Paris Hilton and 1980s vampire films to the television series Stranger Things. His works have been translated into several languages, and he has been interviewed by Salon and other publications, as well as radio hosts in the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and Malaysia. He was recently a guest on the BBC radio program “Literary Pursuits” about Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. He has also appeared in several episodes of the Spanish television series Creadores Prodigiosos. When he is not writing, Dr. Fahy performs regularly as a classical pianist and has appeared in recent concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and other venues in New York City. He is also a fascinating and dynamic teacher who is able to bring his wide interdisciplinary knowledge to whatever the subject.