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Course Name English Drama: Modern
Course Code 18ELL314
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester VI
Credits 4
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1

Introducing modern drama – features and development-themes and concerns-styles and movements-types of theatre.

Unit 2

Bernard Shaw. Pygmalion.
John Osborne. Look Back in Anger

Unit 3

Pinter, Harold. The Birthday Party.
Tom Stoppard. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Unit 4

J.M.Synge. Riders to the Sea. 
Edward Bond. Lear.

Unit 5

Robert Bolt. A Man for All Seasons.
Dorris Lessing. Play With a Tiger.


To introduce modem English theatre and drama; to expose the students to the themes, techniques, stage-craft and devices that characterize modern drama; to make them familiar with the revolutionary changes introduced by the great dramatists like Shawand Synge; to introduce them to the problems involved in the production of modern plays.

Core Reading

  1. Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion.Fingerprint! Publishing, 2017.
  2. Pinter, Harold. The Birthday Party. Faber; 1991.
  3. J.M. Synge. Riders to the Sea. Boston:JWLuce&Co., 1911.
  4. John Osborne. Look Back in Anger. Penguin Books, 1982.
  5. Tom Stoppard. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Faber and Faber Limited, 1973.
  6. Edward Bond. Lear. Methuen Drama, 1983.
  7. Robert Bolt. A Man for All Seasons. Methuen Drama, 2013.
  8. Dorris Lessing. Play With a Tiger. HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1972.
  9. Online Sources.


  1. Sullivan, Garrett, A, Patrick Cheney and Andrew Hadfield (ed.). Early Modem English Drama: A Critical Companion: London OUP, 2005.
  2. Williams, Raymond. Drama From Ibsen to Brecht. 1977.
  3. Luck hurst, Mary. A Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama, 1880 – 2005 (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture). Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  4. Hunt, Hugh. The Revels History of Drama in English1880 to the Present Day v.Routledge, 1978.
  5. Fermor, Una Ellis. The Frontiers of Drama. London : Methuen, 1945.
  6. Esslin, Martin. The Theatre of The Absurd. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
  7. Innes, Christopher. Modern British Drama: The Twentieth Century. Cambridge: CUP, 2002.
  8. Lane, David. Contemporary British Drama: Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature. Edinburgh: EUP, 2010.

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