Course title

English Seminar: American Dream, American Nightmare



Course description

This is a literature class which reads plays instead of novels, yet places them on the same literary level. In this drama-as-literature class, we will study two of the great classics of the American stage, Death of a Salesman and A Raisin in the Sun, through the lens of the American Dream. Some of our essential questions for the course will include: “What do we mean by the American Dream?” “What are some of the dark sides of the American Dream?” “What goes wrong with the Loman family and the Younger family to bring about their tragedies?” “How do race and class make these two experiences of Americana fundamentally different?” We will anchor our reading in performance theory and criticism, and students will also complete creative writing assignments where they imagine how they would stage our class texts. This is a writing-intensive class which includes assigned papers on literary analysis, historical research, and personal memoir. Grammar and composition will be taught through and alongside student writing.

School country

United States

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High school

The Gregory School

School / district Address

3231 N. Craycroft Road

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Approved competency code

  • ENGL
  • 4 years of English

Approved date

Online / Virtual