Twentieth Century American Drama

By Prof. Merin Simi Raj   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 596
This course attempts to introduce learners to some of the fundamental texts that define twentieth century American drama. Focusing mostly on canonical texts, this course seeks to provide a foundation to the genre and the period, thereby enabling the learners to pursue the domain on their own. Through a close reading of selected texts chosen for the course, the dominant trends, themes and critical concerns in twentieth century American drama will be dealt with in detail.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:  Any Interested Learners
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1 : The Emperor Jones by Eugene O’Neill
Week 2 : The Emperor Jones by Eugene O’Neill
Week 3 : Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Week 4 : Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Week 5 : All my Sons by Arthur Miller
Week 6 : The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Week 7 : The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Week 8 : A Raisin’ in the Sun by Lillian Hellman 
Week 9 : The Zoo Story by Edward Albee
Week 10 : Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Week 11 : You Can’t take it with You by George Kaufman and Moss Hart
Week 12 : The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

Books and references

A Companion to Twentieth Century American Drama edited by David Krasner( 2005: Blackwell Publishing)

Instructor bio

Prof. Merin Simi Raj

IIT Madras
Dr.Merin Simi Raj is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras. She specializes in Postcolonial Writing, Modernity Studies and Historiography Studies. Her teaches History of English Language and Literature, Indian fiction in English, Literary Criticism, World Literature and Feminist Writings.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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