|| DR31130 |
|| CONTEMPORARY BRITISH AND IRISH DRAMA |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Professor David I Rabey |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Mr Patrick D Cooper, Dr Sabine Sorgel |
|| DR10220 , DR10120 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 10 x 1 hour Lectures |
|| Other || 10 x 2-hour Lecture/Seminars |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam|| 1 x 2 hour written exam
|Semester Assessment|| 2 x 2,500 word written assignments ||30%|
|Semester Assessment|| assessment of class contributions via presentations and seminar discussion||10%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| 1 x 2 hour written exam. 2 x 2,500 word written assignments. Assessment of class contributions via presentations and seminar discussion ||100%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- To show an analytical understanding of a range of dramatic texts and production issues.
- To organize informed and original arguments reflecting research and independent thought in the subject area of the course.
- To demonstrate an intelligent awareness of current debates about the social purpose and ramifications of drama in the period under review.
- To co-operate as part of a group in presenting an argument in the analysis of course material.
To examine a selection of British and Irish drama texts, and to consider theatrical problems and consequences of previous and possible productions.
This is a course of directed reading and weekly discussions, analyzing recent material which is purposefully challenging in both form and content, and is often imperfectly navigated by most of the existing literary criticism which ostensibly relates to it. Consequently, there is a strong emphasis on students developing original ideas about the specifically theatrical dimensions and demands of the texts under review.
Course issues are likely to recur in more than one session, but likely to include: successive dramatic bids to find language and images which interrogate conventional relationships between power, sexuality and morality; movements away from Naturalism and towards a New Expressionism; challenges posed to theatrical design, physical performance and audience comprehension; subversions of previous dramatic conventions and texts; the problems of staging violence; the role of humour; issues of national and sexual identity.
Provisional schedule of lectures:
Edward Bond, Lear; Timberlake Wertenbaker, The Love of the Nightingale
Caryl Churchill, Cloud 9, The Skriker
Sarah Kane, Crave, Phaedra'r Love, 4:48 Psychosis
Marie Jones, Stones in his Pockets & A Night in November; Conor MacPherson, Port Authority
Martin McDonagh, The Lieutenant of Inishmore; Mark O'Rowe, Howie the Rookie
Jim Cartwright, Road, I Licked a Slag's Deodorant; Chris Hannan, Shining Souls
To be confirmed
Dic Edwards, Americana; Ed Thomas, Stone City Blue
Howard Barker, Ursula, The 12th Battle of Isonzo; David Rudkin, The Sons of Light
|| * Identify problems
* Identify factors which might influence potential solutions
* Develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving
* Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions
* Construct a rational proposal in response to a problem.
Class discussion, written assignments and examination essays |
|| * Understand a range of research methods
* Plan and carry out research.
Independent Project Work |
|| * Read in different contexts and for different purposes
* Write for different purposes and audiences
* Speak in different contexts and for different purposes (inc presentation and discussion)
* Listen effectively.
Oral Discussion/ Presentation
Writing in an Academic Context
Critically review, consolidate and extend a systematic and coherent body of knowledge, utilising specialised skills across an area of study; critically evaluate new skills and exercise significant judgements on a range of situations; accept responsibility for determining and achieving personal and/or group outcomes.
** Essential Reading
Barker, Howard. (2006) Plays Two
Bond, Edward (1972) Lear
Cartwright, Jim (1996) I Licked a Slag's Deodorant
Available from Dept. Office
Cartwright, Jim (1990) Road
Churchill, Caryl (1989) Cloud Nine
Churchill, Caryl (1994) The Striker
Hanan, Chris (2003) Shining Souls
Jones, Marie (2000) Stones in his Pockets and A Night in November
Kane, Sarah (2002) Complete Plays
McPherson, Connor (2001) Port Authority
O'Rowe, Mark (1999) Howie the Rookie
Rudkin, David The Sons of Light - available from Dept. Office
Thomas, Ed (2004) Stone City Blue
Wertenbaker, Timberlake (1996) The Love of a Nightingale in Plays: 1
** Recommended Background
Barker, Howard (1997) Arguments for a Theatre (3rd ed.)
Barker, Howard (2005) Death, the One and the Art of Theatre
Davies, Hazel Walford (ed) (1998) State of Play: 4 Playwrights of Wales
Demastes, W. W. (ed) (1996) British Playwrights 1956-1995
Rabey, David Ian (1997) David Rudkin: Sacred Disobedience
Rabey, David Ian (2003) English Drama Since 1940
Rabey, David Ian (1989) Howard Barker: Politics and Desire
Saunders, Graham (2002) Love Me or Kill Me: Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes
Manchester: Manchester UP
Sierz, Alex (2000) In-Yer-Face Theatre
(2006.) Theatre of catastrophe :new essays on Howard Barker /edited by Karoline Gritzner and David Ian Rabey.
This module is at CQFW Level 6