Tennessee Williams

Taylor Hagood

Course Description

Few writers have exhibited as much talent for depicting the taut compressions of emotion as Tennessee Williams. As the dominant playwright of mid-20th century America, Williams created unforgettable characters who displayed and articulated the deepest struggles of life. This series explores the life of Williams and a selection of his finest plays via lectures filled with images, sounds, and videos of Williams in both stage and film performances. This series will be a journey through the imagination of one of America's greatest playwrights.


  1. Williams' Life: A lively account of William's biography.
  2. The Glass Menagerie.
  3. A Streetcar Named Desire.
  4. Summer and Smoke.
  5. The Rose Tattoo.
  6. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  7. Orpheus Descending.
  8. The Night of the Iguana.

About the Instructor

  • Taylor Hagood, PhD is professor of American literature at Florida Atlantic University. He has published several books, including Faulkner; Writer of Disability (winner of the 2014 C. Hugh Holman Award for Best Book in Southern Studies), has lectured in venues throughout North America and Europe, and was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Munich (2009-2010).

     Lifelong Learning Professorship of Arts and Letters, 2014-2015