|| DR31130 |
|| CONTEMPORARY BRITISH AND IRISH DRAMA |
|| 2003/2004 |
|| Professor David I Rabey |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Ms Karoline Gritzner, Dr Roger Owen |
|| DR10120 , DR10220 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 10 x 2 hour |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 10 x 1 hour |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam|| 1 x 2 Hour 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
|Semester Assessment|| 2 x 2,500 word written assignments (30% each) ||60%|
|Semester Assessment|| assessment of class contributions via presentations and seminar discussion||10%|
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.
** Essential Reading
Barker, Howard (2001) Collected Plays 5
Barnes, Peter (1999) Dreaming
Bond, Edward (1972) Lear
Cartwright, Jim (1996) I Licked a Slag's Deodorant
Churchill, Caryl (1994) The Striker
Friel, Brian (1981) Translations
Jones, Marie (2000) Stones in his Pockets
Kane, Sarah (2002) Complete Plays
Marber, Patrick (1997) Closer
O'Rowe, Mark (1999) Howie the Rookie
Ravenhill, Mark (1996) Shopping and F***ing
Rudkin, David (1986) The Saxon Shore
Thomas, Ed (1998) Gas Station Angel
Wertenbaker, Timberlake (1996) Plays: 1
** Recommended Background
Barker, Howard (1997) Arguments for a Theatre (3rd ed.)
Davies, Hazel Walford (ed) (1998) State of Play: 2 Playwrights of Wales
Demastes, W. W. (ed) (1996) British Playwrights 1956-1995
Rabey, David Ian (1989) Howard Barker: Politics and Desire
Rabey, David Ian (1997) David Rudkin: Sacred Disobedience
Rabey, David Ian (2003) English Drama Since 1940
Saunders, Graham (2002) Love Me or Kill Me: Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes
Manchester: Manchester UP
This module is at CQFW Level 6