CCSS students attend lectures on Tennessee Williams

On Monday 11 March, Year 12 students from CCSS travelled to London for a day of lectures around Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. Having studied the play in English Literature class, the lectures were an opportunity to understand the play in even greater depth.

Each lecture focused on a different aspect of the play. One discussed how Blanche and Stanley represent the clash between America’s Old and New South respectively, with Stella, Stanley’s wife, caught in the middle of these two worlds. There were also discussions around the rise of patriotism and the USA’s move towards a consumer and profit driven society at the end of the 19th century, and how this then affected the themes and ideas posed by the play.

The third lecture looked at the question of ‘What makes Blanche DuBois a tragic heroine?’ and analysed her portrayal throughout the play. The day ended with a talk looking at the dramatic techniques used in the play.

Overall, the students learnt a lot about ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and greatly enhanced their understanding of this seminal work.

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