As the second course in the theater history sequence, the subject for study will be the recent sources and forms of contemporary theater. Course work will begin with the advent of Realism in Western drama and will explore its transformation into other modes of signification as a consequence of political conflicts, technological developments, social movements, intercultural influences, and critical theories. Topics will include Naturalism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Epic Theater, Absurdist Theater, Guerrilla Theater, Performance Art, Cultural Pluralism, and the major innovators of modern theater practices. This course may be used to satisfy an elective requirement for the English major. Satisfies a requirement for a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies.