This course will discuss important aspects of dramatic comedy. We will look closely at two very important English Comedies performed in the same year (1895). George Bernard Shaw’s Candida and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Both plays are still greatly admired and frequently performed. They could not, however, be more different in how and why they pursue laughter.
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CLASS LIMIT: 95
INSTRUCTOR: Helen Whall, After finishing her Ph.D. at Yale University, Helen joined the faculty at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. There she taught Shakespeare and the Renaissance as well as modern drama. Since retiring in 2017, Helen has offered several courses for WISE.
REQUIRED BOOKS: Candida, by George Bernard Shaw, 2019. ISBN: 9781088987759
The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde, 2015. ISBN: 9781514695043
READING FOR FIRST CLASS: Read Act I of Candida