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Course Name Modern English Drama
Course Code 18ELL603
Program 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester IX
Year Taught 2019
Degree Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1

Introducing modern drama.

Unit 2

Bernard Shaw: St. Joan.
Edward Bond: Restoration.

Unit 3

Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot. 
David Hare: The Power of Yes: A Dramatist Seeks to Understand the Financial Crisis.

Unit 4

John Osborne: Luther
Arnold Wesker: Chicken Soup with Barley

Unit 5

T. S. Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral. 
John Arden: Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance: an Unhistorical Parable.


To introduce modern theatre movements and its socio – cultural impact; to make the students familiar with the themes and techniques of modern drama for better appreciation; to expose them to the problems related to the production of modern plays.

Prescribed Texts

  1. Bernard Shaw .St. Joan. Delhi: Penguin, 2001.
  2. T. S. Eliot. Murder in the Cathedral. London: Harcourt, 1964.
  3. Samuel Beckett. Waiting for Godot. London: Grove Press, 1994.
  4. John Osborne. Plays 3: A Patriot for Me; Luther; Inadmissible Evidence.London: Faber & Faber,1998.
  5. Hern Patricia. Ed. Edward Bond: Lear.UK: Bloomsbury, 2013.
  6. David Hare: The Power of Yes: A Dramatist Seeks to Understand the Financial Crisis. UK: Faber, 2009.
  7. Edward Bond: Restoration. London: Methuen Drama, 2013.
  8. Arnold Wesker: Chicken Soup with Barley. Evans Brothers Ltd, 1961.
  9. John Arden: Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance: an Unhistorical Parable. Kessinger Publishing, 2007.


  1. Mark Taylor – Batty, Juliette Taylor – Batty, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, London: Continuum, 2008.
  2. Sandie Byrne (ed), George Bernard Shaw’s Plays. London: W. W. Norton & Company; 2002.
  3. Paul Gannon & Stephen Levensohn (ed). Murder in the Cathedral and other Poems by T.S. Eliot. London: Monarch Press, Inc. 1965.
  4. Prasad G.J.V. The Lost Temper: Critical Essays on Look Back in Anger, New Delhi: Macmillan, 2004.
  5. John Russell Brown. Ed. Modern British Dramatists: A Collection of Critical Essays. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1968.
  6. Williams, Raymond. Modern Tragedy. London: UK: Vintage Books, 1964.

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