Spring 2016

The Play of Ideas

Listed in: English, as ENGL-435


Christopher A. Grobe (Section 01)


We don’t just think, speak, or write our ideas; we perform them, too.  Think TED Talks.  Think political movements.  Think 400-level seminars in English.

In this course, you will read plays driven by their arguments and arguments that look an awful lot like plays.  As the semester wears on, you will begin to research your own angle on the theme of ideas performed.  Your final project will be a mock prospectus, in which you will imagine this “angle” of yours turning into a thesis project–creative, critical, or a mixture of the two.

Previous experience with drama or performance is helpful, but hardly required.  The reading load is heavy and expectations for classroom engagement are high.  Would you turn up to a performance not knowing your lines?  I didn’t think so.  See you there.

Open to juniors and seniors.  Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Grobe.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to senior and junior English majors.


Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2021