Module Identifier DR30420  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite DR10120 , DR10220  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment Essay   Assignment 1 - 1500 words - 15%. Assignment 2 - 1500 words - 15%. Practical Presentation - 20%. Timed Essay - 50 %.   100%  

Brief description

Compulsory for Single Honours Drama Students. Optional for Joint Honours Drama Students


Performance modes: Realism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Political and Epic Theatre, The Theatre of Cruelty; The Theatre of the Absurd.
Illustrative dramatists: Gogol, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht ,Genet and Weiss.


To introduce students to significant developments in theatrical theory and practice in Europe from the onset of realism to the 1960s.
To develop appropriate methods of analysing specific texts, chosen because they manifest significant differences in theatrical method.
To examine how drama serves as a means of mediating the discourse of a given time.

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of this module a student will be able:

To demonstrate knowledge of the relation between their reading and viewing of theatre texts of the period covered in the module (and beyond) to broader historical developments on performance modes (Realism, Expressionism, Epic Theatre, etc.).
To participate knowledgeably in debates (written and oral) about the relationship between theatrical theory and practice.
To critically read dramatic texts as indicators of complex theatrical events.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
GOGOL. The Government Inspector.
IBSEN. Hedda Gabler.
CHEKHOV. Uncle Vanya.
PIRANDELLO. Six Characters in Search of an Author.
BRECHT. The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
GENET. The Balcony.
WEISS. Marat/Sade.
** Recommended Background
Dukore, B.F.. (1974) Drama Theory and Criticism.
Elam, K. (1983) The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama.
Pavis, P. (1982) Languages of the Stage.
Pfister. (1988) The Theory and Analysis of Drama.
Szondi, P. (1965) The Theory of Modern Drama (trans. M. Hayes 1987).