Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Histories of Theatre 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit looks at western theatre histories between ancient Greece and the Renaissance. It examines the complexity of the theatre event and the way different cultures, communities, and societies adopted theatrical practices to their needs, and how these needs affected practices and scholarship of theatre as a performance phenomenon. This study-unit traces the interrelationships between the various media and technologies used for the creation of performances, as well as the dynamics between theatre and the times when it is made.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit provides first year students with a foundational historical background to the study of theatre as a performance activity in the period from ancient Greece to the Renaissance. It aims to equip students with clear and holistic knowledge regarding differences between western historical periods. It also aims to generate a relational and comparative attitude in the study of historical events and how different eras and periods respond to each other.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Distinguish between drama and theatre as distinct phenomena;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant differences between historical periods, including the political ideologies, religious beliefs, and cultural attitudes that inform these periods;
- Develop knowledge of how theatrical activity influences and shapes the communities that create it;
- Reflect critically on specific instances in western theatre histories between ancient Greece and the Renaissance.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Develop skills in reading and assimilating theoretical material;
- Develop communication skills in seminar discussion and presentations;
- Develop skills in essay planning and writing.

Main Text/s:

- O. G. Brockett and F. J. Hildy, History of the Theatre (London and New York: Pearson, 2010)
- P. Zarrilli et. al., Theatre Histories: An Introduction, second edition (London: Routledge, 2010)
- G. Wickham, A History of the Theatre (Oxford: Phaidon Press, 1985)
- C. G. Balme, The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008)
- M. Wallis and S. Shepherd, Studying Plays (London & New York: Hodder Education, 2002).

Supplementary readings:

- E. Barba and N. Savarese, A Dictionary of Theatre Anthropology: The Secret Art of the Performer, second edition (London: Routledge, 2006)
- A. Nicoll , The Development of the Theatre: A Study of the Theatrical Art from the Beginnings to the Present Day (London: Harrap, 1958).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM1 No 50%
Essay SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Mario Frendo

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