Module Identifier DR10220  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe  
Semester Semester 2  
Co-Requisite DR10120  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment Essay   2 x essay, essay 1 2000 words = 30%, essay 2 2500 words = 30%   60%  
  Exam   2 Hours   40%  

General description


Texts and examples of theatrical and performance practices from the Western and Eastern theatrical traditions, with particular attention on the following aspects and concepts: style, recent historical developments of realism, naturalism, absurdism, political expressionism, aspects of design and scenography, theatre in society, and non-Western theatre.

A list of recommended reading is provided. Selected texts and performances will be announced later.


To examine some further methods and problems of studying Western and non-Western theatre and performance, with special emphasis of more recent developments

To examine the key concept of style with regard to both recent Western approaches to acting, modes of dramatic writing, design, performance, and traditional Eastern approaches

To apply these findings to a series of exemplary play texts


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

Identify different recent stylistic and political objectives in theatre writing, design, presentation and performance;
Locate these in historical, social, intellectual and theatrical contexts;
Locate these in global contexts through comparison with non-Western theatre.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
Brandon, James R. (1997) The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre. Cambridge University Press
Brandt, George W. (1998) Modern Theories of Drama: A Selection of Writings on Drama and Theatre, 1840-1990. Oxford: Clarendon Press