DRAMA OF IDEAS
Although it has been argued that "a poem should not mean, but be", many writers have unashamedly given their art a didactic function. This course identifies the types of causes that literary artists traditionally have championed, and then focuses on the literary techniques that they used to achieve their end. The course is thus a study of "the art of moral persuasion". The principal works investigated are "dramas of ideas" by such playwrights as Ibsen, Shaw, and Brecht, although supplemental prose writings are also included.