Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Development of Theatre Texts 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Theatre Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit examines the shift in meaning of 'text'. It shows how in particular historical periods the concept of text is extended to include the actor’s work, and how this will eventually lead to the concept of a text without words, or questions the notion of character or plot. Forms of text such as bourgeois drama, melodrama, epic theatre are examined. Theories and corresponding plays will be the mainstay of the study-unit.

Although this study-unit should be seen as a continuation of THS2100, it can also be taken independently of it.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to:
- Broaden the meaning of the term 'text' as related to theatre and performance phenomena;
- Engage critically with theories of the theatre;
- Engage critically with the history of the theatrical text through contemporary developments of the term ‘text'.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of playtexts from the Greeks to the present;
- Have an in-depth knowledge of corresponding theories;
- Cross-refer playtexts and theories;
- Discuss styles in relation to historical background;
- Situate playtexts and theories in their sociocultural contexts.

2. Skills:

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

- Demonstrate skills in sophisticated thought, self-reflection, and independent learning;
- Demonstrate communication and presentational skills in writing, debate, and peer presentations;
- Demonstrate skills in teamwork and research project organisation;
- Carry out research using appropriate research methodologies.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Texts to be covered across THS2100 and THS2101: Aristotle's Poetics, Horace's Ars Poetica, as well as readings from Tertullian, St Augustine, Donatus, Castelvetro, Cinthio, Robortello, Scaliger, Guarini, Lope de Vega, Sir Philip Sidney, Ben Jonson, Moliere, Boileau, Goethe, Schiller, Artaud, Beaumarchais, Sarah Kane, and others.

Main Texts:

- M. Carlson, Theories of the Theatre (London: Cornell University, 1984)
- M. Sidnell, ed., Sources of Dramatic Theory (Cambridge: CUP, 1991)
- B. Dukore, ed., Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Greeks to Grotowski (Parts of) (Hawaii: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers, 1974)
- Kotte, Andreas, Studying theatre : phenomena, structures and functions (LIT Verlag; 2010).

Supplementary readings:

A selection of plays will be given in function of the theorists discussed. Plays may include the following:

Oedipus Rex - Sophocles
The Oresteia - Aeschylus (in particular, the Libation Bearers)
Electra - Sophocles
Electra - Euripedes
Oedipus - Seneca
Everyman - Anon
The Mandrake Root - Machiavelli
Lena - Ariosto
Phedre - Racine
Fuente Ovejuna - Lope de Vega
The Comic Illusion - Corneille
Le Cid - Corneille
Moliere - The School for Wives criticised
The impromptu of Versailles
The Barber of Seville - Beaumarchais
The Robbers - Schiller
The Doll's house - Ibsen
Miss Julie - Strindberg
Woyseck - Buchner
The Inspector General - Gogol
Waiting for Godot - Beckett
The rise and fall of Arturo Ui - Brecht
Threepenny Opera - Brecht
Look back in Anger - Osborne
The Crucible - Arthur Miller
4.48 Psychosis - Sarah Kane
and any other plays advised by the lecturer.

Most of these texts are found in the UoM library, and students will be directed accordingly to their availability.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 No 50%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Vicki Ann Cremona

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