Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Histories of Theatre 2

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit looks at the histories of theatre in the modern world by investigating the impact of performance phenomena and their relation to the socio-cultural fabric of society. Theatre and performance developments are discussed with respect to political and ideological shifts taking place in Europe and beyond triggered by important events, which include the French Revolution in the eighteenth century, the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century, and the Soviet Revolution at the turn of the twentieth century.

Developments that will be covered during the study-unit include (1) the importance of the actor as creator in the theatre-making process, (2) the turn-to-performance paradigm after World War II, and (3) the impact of the Digital Revolution at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit continues to provide first year students with a foundational historical background to the study of theatre as a performance activity with a special focus on the modern and contemporary world. It aims to equip students with clear and holistic knowledge regarding differences between western historical periods, as well as analyse in a relational and comparative manner 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, theatre, and performance as distinct areas of academic study;
- Demonstrate an understanding og how theatre is a reflection of the socio-political, religious, cultural, and technological changes taking place in society;
- Develop knowledge of how theatrical activity influences and shapes the communities that create it;
- Reflect critically on specific instances in theatre histories in the modern and contemporary world.

2. Skills:

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

- Develop further skills in reading and assimilating complex theoretical material;
- Develop communication skills in seminar discussion and presentations;
- Develop further 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) SEM2 No 50%
Essay SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Mario Frendo

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