Special Course Descriptions
American Studies



DRA/GEN/AMS 494 10 SpTp: Girls on Top:Plays by Wm
Prof. Maloney

In 1910, Rachel Crothers wrote a play that forced the issue of a single standard of morality for women and men onto the public stage. Within a year, a prominent male playwright felt compelled to rush a rebuttal onto the stage, attempting to validate the traditional and .natural. order of male supremacy, and to prove once and for all that this is indeed .A Man.s World.. Crothers.s was the better play and the better argument. In the decades that followed, an impressive list of women playwrights took up the charge, challenging every aspect of male dominated American theatre. The focus of this course is on twelve of those American women playwrights. Reading includes plays, critical analyses, and critical biographies. Course assignments are three five-page papers and one in-class presentation.