This course is designed to focus on a literary movement like modernism in the twentieth century English drama with special attention to the key poetic figures like Henrik Ibsen (not British nor any of his plays ever written in the 20th century),
G. B. Shaw, J. M. Synge, and T.S. Eliot. Students will have some ideas about modernism, realism, and the tragic sense of life and feminism through different dimensions of cross-cultural reading, differences between individual responses and politically socio-economic circumstances. At the end of this course, they will be able to identify and describe distinct literary characteristics of 20th century modern English drama, discover the multiplicity of layered meanings by a close textual analysis of poetic works of the dramatists associated with modernism and understand the complex relationship between literary texts’ stylistic features and poets’ socio-political outlooks on cultural issues within the time frames of modernism in the British poetic tradition.