This course will introduce students to the paradigms and methods specific to the fields of Theatre and Performance Studies. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of performance theory: Erving Goffman’s The Presentation of Self, Richard Schechner’s social drama, J. L. Austin’s, How to do things with words. Simultaneously, we will analyse Shakespeare’s Hamlet and ‘Hamletian’ texts to better understand the critical vocabulary required for theatre and performance analysis.
Topics include but are not limited to Speech Act Theory, Performative Acts and Gender Constitution, Performance as History.
The primary objective of this course is to provide students with the critical terminology for studying theatre and analysing performance.
Class time was accordingly divided into 1. an introduction and seminar-style discussion on the critical text 2. play readings. Students are expected to have read the required readings before attending class.
100% coursework, consisting of:
- Performance Diary Part 1 (40%)
- Performance Diary Part 2 (40%)
- Participation (20%)
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967)
Heiner Müller, Hamletmaschine (1977)
Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts (1881)