Pedagogical Approaches to Ethnic American Drama M/MLA Chicago Nov. 4-7, 2010, Deadline June 1, 2010

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Samuel Park, Columbia College Chicago
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For the past twenty years, playwrights such as Suzan-Lori Parks, David Henry Hwang, and Cherrie Moraga have found themselves becoming as common in the dramatic literature curriculum as O'Neill, Williams, and Beckett, and the study of their work both re-affirms and challenges traditional approaches to studying and teaching drama. This panel seeks to address pedagogical approaches to teaching the work of minority playwrights in the classroom. Papers may focus on particular texts by ethnic American theater artists, and/or pedagogical models that grapple with the intersections of ethnic literature and drama as genre. The panel is particularly interested in considering ethnic American drama both in relation to a more traditional model of the multicultural American stage, and more contemporary transnational approaches that engage diverse national histories, cultures, and languages. If we take into account the words of W.E.B. DuBois, aiming for a theater "about us, by us, for us, and near us," what kind of theatrical space does the 21st century hold in store for theatergoers and scholars of dramatic literature?