Module Identifier DRM0120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Ioan M Williams  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Other   14 hours of contact time  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 5,000 words  100%
Further details For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at  

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
demonstrate a clear understanding of foundations of critical theory.

apply critical theory to a range of theatre texts.

apply critical theory to a range of theatre concepts.


To provide students with a foundation in critical theory which may serve as a common basis for the exploration of the theatre-related topics under discussion throughout the rest of the degree scheme.


In Part 1 of this module students will consider the history and current status and function of interpretation in the context of Theatre. Various definitions of the concept of Post Modern will be exploited so as to provide a standpoint from which students may develop an understanding of the underlying concepts involved in critical interpretation, of the circumstances in which critical methodology has evolved and of the various discourses which converge in contemporary criticism.

Particular attention will be paid to the specific criteria of critical interpretation when applied to a theatrical text and to the historical evolution of the theatrical text in the context of Western European and North American theatre. In Part 2 of this module, three texts will be set for study in order to establish appropriate critical procedures and methodologies.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Frisch Andorra
Kyd The Spanish Tragedy
Pirandello Henry IV
** Recommended Background
Reinelt, Janelle & Joseph R. Roach (Eds) (1992) Critical Theory and performance Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 7