Spring 2023

Asian American Drama

Listed in: English, as ENGL-234  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-276


Naveen Bahar Choudhury (Section 01)


In this course, we will survey plays written by American writers of East Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian descent, starting with the first wave of Asian American playwrights in the 1960s to more contemporary work. Students will learn the fundamentals and vocabulary of dramaturgical analysis and employ these skills in class discussion and written assignments. Intersectional identities will be emphasized, and readings will include work by biracial, queer, and transgender writers. Playwrights studied will include Frank Chin, David Henry Hwang, Philip Kan Gotanda, Diana Son, Alaudin Ullah, Qui Nguyen, Young Jean Lee, Lloyd Suh, Madhuri Shekar, Rajiv Joseph, Carla Ching, Mike Lew, Jiehae Park, A. Rey Pamatmat, Clarence Coo, D’Lo, Rehana Mirza, Haruna Lee, Diana Oh, and more. While the focus will be on reading plays, students will also explore the socio-historical context of each work via reading assignments that will include critical essays, writings on the history of immigration to the U.S. from Asia, and writings on the representation of Asian Americans on stage.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Choudhury.

How to handle overenrollment: Roster managed for balance of class years and interests; preference to majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: close reading and dramaturgical analysis, class discussion and reading aloud, analytical writing.

ENGL 234 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM WEBS 122
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM WEBS 122


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2023