Course Details

963: American Century Cycle (August Wilson): Themes and Character Development

July 12, 13, 14
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

The full study group covering all ten plays in August Wilson's American Century Cycle has exceeded my expectations in terms of interest and level of engagement. But not everybody can commit to ten weeks of study. This short course will focus on an analysis of the Cycle as a whole body of work, concentrating on overlapping themes across the decades, intergenerational characters and their families, and groupings of plays based on structure, content matter, and relevance. Each meeting will consist of a one hour lecture and thirty minutes of Q and A. The attached syllabus is for the full 10-week course but is included because it has some good links. Class members will receive information from the Study Group Leader about how to purchase the required book.

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Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Raymond Maxwell

Raymond Maxwell is a retired foreign service officer with 34 years of federal service. He is a bit of a mixed breed social scientist by academic training, with degrees in economics, international relations theory, and library and information science. Raymond grew up in Greensboro, NC and spent the bulk of his overseas career in African countries.

Reading List:

Layman's Guide to Ten Plays in the August Wilson American Century Cycle (Maxwell, Raymond D. ) | 0: | Required