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Course Description

For over sixty years, Athol Fugard (b. 1932) has been creating extraordinary plays about his native South Africa and about everyday life under the country's apartheid and post-apartheid regimes. Works such as Boesman and Lena, "Master Harold" . . . and the Boys, and My Children! My Africa!—singular in their moral acumen, generosity of spirit, and emotional power—have been produced worldwide, consolidating Fugard's place as one of the greatest dramatists alive today. In this course, students will typically read one play per week, with the plays selected spanning from early works (Blood Knot) to Fugard's most recently published play (The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek); a screening of Tsotsi, the Oscar-winning film based on Fugard's lone novel, will also be arranged. While attention will be paid to biographical, cultural, historical, and political contexts, class discussions will focus on the themes of bearing witness, staging resistance, and seeking truth and reconciliation. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion 
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