Seminar in Modern American Drama

David McTier, U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Babeș-Bolyai University


Note: This is not part of my Seminar in Modern American Drama; rather, this page affords a place to park my notes and materials for my guest lectures.

American Culture & Civilization: Schooling America
Tuesday, March 21

Students are to have read David Ives’ short play Sure Thing that is included in All in the Timing.

Administration: Upcoming

Remind students that class location/time for 28 March is Kisch, 16:00-18:00. Readings will be in the Dropbox folder, as usual.

Freewrite: Topic for Final Paper

Respond to the following prompt [to be collected]: At this point in the semester, what topic interests you for the final paper? Why?

Discussion: Sure Thing as a Literary Text

  • comprehension of the play itself
  • overarching themes & specific ideas conveyed about American culture
  • how structure of drama conveys those themes and ideas
  • comparison with similar concepts in Romanian culture

Discussion: Gender in the U.S. and Romania

  • overarching themes & specific ideas conveyed about gender in the US by play
  • comparison with Romanian gender expectations
  • gendered expectations/roles/experiences in public schools and university


Article: “11 Ordinary Things Women Weren’t Allowed To Do In The ’50s And ’60s

Article on Double Standards and Sexism