2510 - The Plays of Arthur Miller: Justice, History, and Memory from the Man Who Had All the Luck to Broken Glass
Perhaps no American playwright has been more revered, both at home and abroad, than Arthur Miller (1915-2005). Plays such as All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible demonstrate a universal ethical concern for the plight of the individual in the face of injustice, that has allowed Miller's drama to be staged successfully all the world over. In this course, students will read one play per week, starting with an early work, The Man Who Had All the Luck, and concluding with one of his late plays from the 1990s, Broken Glass. While theatrical, cultural, biographical, and historical contexts will be addressed, class discussions will focus on three major themes: justice (questions of morality, particularly at the social level), history (the past and our relationship with it), and memory (our narratives of the past, insofar as we can ever separate fact from fantasy, reality from desire). Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion
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