Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Practical Seminars 1 x 2 hours per week
Lecture Lecture 1 x 1 hour per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  30%
Semester Assessment Practical/Seminar Presentation  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written Examination  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate a clear understanding of the social, cultural and aesthetic perspectives on gender representations in theatrical texts and performance.
  • evaluate and respond to a range of gender discourses in theatre and theory, using a critical and analytical vocabulary.
  • co-operate as part of a group in presenting an argument drawing on the analysis of course material.

Brief description

This module will explore the ways in which gender is represented in theatre and performance and introduce students to key issues of gender theory through a detailed study of a number of dramatic and performance texts.


  • To develop students' critical appreciation of gender representations in theatre and performance and to introduce them to key issues of gender theory.
  • To examines theatrical representations of gender in a selection of dramatic and performance texts from Shakespeare to the 21st century.


1. Gender Studies and Hamlet
2. Images of Women in Theatre/History
3. Staging Feminism(s)
4. Staging Masculinities
5. Lesbian and Gay Theatre
6. Theatre, Eroticism, Sexuality
7. Explicit Bodies in Performance
8. The gendered voice/body (workshop).
PLUS additional workshops and / or lecture demonstrations by invited guest lecturers / artists

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number NOT DEVELOPED
Communication Communication skills will be developed in seminar sessions (class contribution) and group presentations.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will receive feedback on group presentations and written assignments.
Information Technology IT and information handling skills will be demonstrated in students¿ individual research (library and web-based) and in their written work (word processing).
Personal Development and Career planning Students will have the opportunity to explore specific areas which reflect and strengthen their individual career needs.
Problem solving NOT DEVELOPED
Research skills Students will demonstrate the results of research into an agreed aspect of the course material in the form of group presentations. They will also demonstrate the results of individual research in the form of essays and in an exam situation.
Subject Specific Skills Students are encouraged to develop the use of a critical and analytical vocabulary in their written and oral response to gender issues in drama/theatre.
Team work Research for group presentations will develop group work skills.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Aston, Elaine (1995) An Introduction to Feminism and Theatre London: Routledge Primo search Burke, Phyllis (1996) Gender Shock: Exploding the Myths of Male and Female Anchor Primo search Butler, Judith (1999) Gender Trouble London: Routledge Primo search Case, Sue-Ellen (1990) Performing Feminisms: Feminist Critical Theory and Theatre John Hopkins UP Primo search Diamond, Elin (1997) Unmaking Mimesis:Essays on Feminism ans Theatre Routledge Primo search Gillgan, Carol (1982/1993) In a Different Voice Harvard University Press Primo search Goodman, Lizbeth (1993) Contemporary Feminist Theatres London: Routledge Primo search Keyssar, Helene (ed.) (1996) Feminist Theory St Martin's Press Primo search Lukas, Ian (1994) Impertinent Decorum London: Cassell Primo search Mangan, Michael (2002) Staging Masculinities New York: Palgrave Primo search Schneider, Rebecca (1997) The Explicit Body in Performance London: Routledge Primo search
Essential Reading
Barker, Howard (2002) Gertrurde (the cry)/ Knowledge of a Girl Calder Primo search Bentley, Eric Round 2 available from departmental office Primo search Churchill, Caryl (1985) Vinegar Tom Methuen Drama Primo search Daniels, Sarah (1991) Masterpieces Methuen Plays Primo search Moch, Cheryl Cinderella: the Real True Story available from departmental office Primo search Nielson, Anthony (1998) The Censor (in Plays: Normal, Penetrator) Methuen Primo search Shakespeare, William Hamlet Arden edition Primo search Strindberg, August (1964 (2000)) The Father (in Plays: One) Methuen Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6