Module Identifier DRM1030  
Module Title THEATRE AND CONSCIOUSNESS  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Daniel Dinkgr√§fe  
Semester Semester 1  
Assessment
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay 7,500 words  100%
Further details For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at http://www.aber.ac.uk/tfts/duedates.shtml  

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:




Aims

Content

Research into human consciousness has yielded a fascinating framework for understanding the workings of the human mind. Many issues are discussed quite controversially, and a unified understanding of consciousness has not yet emerged. However, the progress in the debate is such that it allows a reassessment of key aspects that have been dealt with in traditional interpretation of literary and theatre texts. The module Introduction to Theatre and Consciousness will discuss a number of approaches that make use of traditional and more recent developments in the understanding of the human mind as relevant to the writing of drama, the concept of theatre, its position in history, and interpretations of the dramatic text.

Reading Lists

Books
** Essential Reading
Malekin, Peter and Ralph Yarrow (1997) Consciousness, Literature and Theatre: Theory and Beyond London/New York: Macmillan/St.Martin's Press
Shear, Jonathan (Ed) (1997) Explaining Consciousness: The Hard Problem Massachusetts, England: MIT Press
** Recommended Text
Bates, Brian (1986) The Way of the Actor. A New Path to Personal Knowledge and Power London: Century
Charles N. Alexander and Ellen J. Langer (Eds) (1990) Higher Stages of Human Development. Perspectives on Human Ground New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Forman, R (Ed) (1990) The Problem of Pure Consciousness. Mysticism and Philosophy New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Jephcott, EFN (1972) Proust and Rilke. The Literature of Expanded Consciousness London: Chatto and Windus
Meyer-Dinkgrafe, Daniel (1996) Consciousness and the Actor. A Reassessment of Western and Indian Approaches to the Actor's Emotional Involvement from the Perspective of Vedic Psychology Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang
Roach, Joseph R (1985) The Player's Passion. Studies in the Science of Acting. Newark: University of Delaware Press
Yarrow, Ralph (1987) 'Neutral' consciousness in the experience of theatre' Mosaic 19:3

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7