DTS4004 - Rethinking theatre history
12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader(s): Maryrose Casey
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
This unit will explore the processes of rethinking theatre history in a number of ways: the challenges to received critical thinking and methodology, and to canonical assumptions; the implications for theatre history of parallel texts reflecting 'translations' into new media; the responses of analytical and critical approaches in Drama and Theatre Studies to the influence of thinking in other disciplines; the reframing of canonical texts in the light of contemporary theoretical and cultural perspectives, and its implications for historicised interpretation.
It will examine a range of plays in relation to traditional scholarly interpretations and to specific recent re-readings.
Students completing 'Rethinking Theatre History' should have acquired:
- A working awareness of contemporary theoretical perspectives.
- The capacity to apply specific theoretical approaches to a diverse range of theatrical texts.
- An ongoing sensitivity, openness and scepticism to shifts in the climate of disciplinary debate.
- A developed sense of the continuing volatility and contingency of intellectual debate in the field.
- A sophisticated understanding of the issues underlying those debates at a level appropriate to graduate study.
- Enhanced confidence in articulating informed arguments and interpretations, in both oral and written form.
An exegetical essay (3000 words): 30%
An oral class presentation (equivalent 2000 words): 20%
A long essay (4000 words): 50%
2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week