FIRST YEAR SEMINAR COURSE OFFERING

Identity and Alienation in the Drama of Alan Ball

Professor: S. Anderson

Term: Fall

Year: 2011

Course Code: FY-101-TH01

This seminar-style course addresses the themes of identity and alienation in the plays, films, and television series of writer Alan Ball. Ball’s characters frequently grapple with conformity and an idealized notion of the American Dream. Ball addresses (and debunks) stereotypes of familial relationships, gender, sexual orientation, and the status quo. By viewing and discussing Ball’s works, students should begin to evaluate their own notions of identity as they transition into their lives at Monmouth. This course fulfills the First Year Seminar General Education requirement.