Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — Viking Theater

American Conversations Plenary Lecture

"Greenwich Village, The Avant Garde, and Eugene O'Neill"

Jeanne Willcoxon

Assistant Professor of Theater

American Conversations is one of St. Olaf’s signature learning communities. The program explores American history and culture from a variety of disciplinary perspectives that trace American culture from the earliest North American colonies to the present over four courses spanning the first two years of college. From time to time, all students enrolled in the program gather for plenary lectures delivered by one of the program professors or by a guest lecturer from another department.

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Readings for the day:

  • Eugene O'Neill, The Emperor Jones

Supplemental reading:

  • Bradley, Patricia. "Unambiguous Ambition: Eugene O'Neill and the Provincetown Players." Making American Culture: A Social History, 1900-1920. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Print.
  • Eisen, Kurt. "Theatrical Ethnography and Modernist Primitivism in Eugene O'Neill and Zora Neale Hurston." South Central Review 25.1 (2008): 56-73. Web.
  • Eugene O'Neill and his Early Contemporaries. Ed. Eileen J. Herrmann and Robert M. Dowling. NC: McFarland & Co., Inc. 2011. Print.
  • Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays. Ed. Michael Y. Bennett and Benjamin D. Carson. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Print.
  • Murphy, Brenda. The Provincetown Players and the Culture of Modernity. NY: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Print.

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