Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Théâtre francophone XXe – XXIe siècle/ Francophone Theatre (20th to 21st Century)

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit is composed of short presentations of major Francophone playwrights, stage directors and dramatic movements with a study of specific texts. It will give students the opportunity to read and discover various Francophone dramatic canonical texts from the 20th century to today. Students will become acquainted with Francophone dramatic authors and movements.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To introduce to major Francophone playwriters;
- To present the main dramatic movements.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to define the characteristics of modern and contemporary Francophone theatre; analyze the thematic, aesthetic and poetic specificities of arguments relating to the innovative character of the dramatic art of a contemporary Francophone text.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to analyze, produce and act extracts from Francophone texts. Students will be able to carry out an in-depth analysis of a dramatictext, taking in consideration critical discourses by playwriters, actors.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Ajanohun, L. (2016). Le Décapsuleur. Caen: Passage(s).
- Beckett, S. (1952). En attendant Godot. Paris: Editions de Minuit.
- Claudel, P. (1973). Tête d'or. Paris: Gallimard.
- Genet, J. (1978). Les Bonnes. Paris: Gallimard.
- Ionesco, E. (1952) La Cantatrice chauve. Paris: Gallimard.
- Jarry, A. (1998). Ubu roi. Paris: Gallimard.
- Koltès, B.-M. (1984). Combat de nègre et de chiens. Paris: Editions de Minuit.
- Labou Tansi, S. (1991), La Parenthèse de sang. Paris: Hatier.
- Novarina, V. (1985) Le Monologue d'Adramélech. Paris: POL.

Supplementary Readings:

- Artaud, A. (1985). Le Théâtre et son double. Paris: Gallimard.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Grade C or better at A Level in French


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM1 No 20%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 80%


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