This course will introduce students to the historical paradigms and methods specific to the field of Theatre and Performance Studies. It will provide an overview of specific genres of drama and performance, such as early modern, realist and absurdist theatre. Simultaneously, the course focuses on concepts such as performers, audiences and space, the critical vocabulary required for performance analysis.
Topics include but are not limited to European Renaissance Drama, Realist Drama, Absurdist Drama and Performance Studies theory.
The primary objective of this course is to provide students with the critical terminology for studying theatre and analysing performance.
Class time will be devoted to presentations, play analyses and seminar-style discussions. Students are expected to have read the required readings before attending class.
100% coursework, consisting of:
- Oral presentation and Discussion (15%)
- Performance Diary Part 1 (25%)
- Performance Diary Part 2 (50%)
- Participation (10%)
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts (1881)
Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967)