Module Identifier DR30130  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Professor David I Rabey  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Ms Jill Greenhalgh, , Ms Patricia A Rhodes  
Pre-Requisite DR10120 , DR10220  
Course delivery Lecture   One 2 hour staff-led session per week (various formats: e.g. lecture/seminar, practical workshop, textual exploration)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   1 hour student-led session (practical workshop or seminar group presentation, followed by discussion) per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam 2- hour examination  30%
Semester Assessment Essay 2 x 2,500 words (25% each)  50%
Semester Assessment Seminar group presentations, in which students present the findings of their research into a specific gender relaetd issue; and class contribution20%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Resit of the exam to a new paper30%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of the essays to a fresh title PLUS Substituting for the group presentation assessment, an individual presentation to the specifications of the module co-ordinator 70%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

This module will develop students' critical appreciation of gender representations in theatre and introduce them to key issues of gender theory through a detailed study of a number of dramatic and performance texts from Shakespeare to the 21st century.


1. Gender in performance: gender theories and theatre
2. Images of Women in Theatre/History
3. Fin de siecle:
4. Staging Feminism(s)
5. Staging Masculinities
6. Gay Plays
7. Lesbian Theatre
8. Theatre, Eroticism, Sexuality
9. Explicit bodies in performance
10. Gender Trouble? Gender as performance

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 6