|| DR30420 |
|| MODERN EUROPEAN DRAMA |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Dr Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Ms Karoline Gritzner, Ms Patricia A Rhodes |
|| Successful completion of Part 1 Drama. |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 2 x 1 hour weekly |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 1 x 1 hour weekly |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam|| Timed essay||50%|
|Semester Assessment|| 1 Dramatic commentary of 3000 words||30%|
|Semester Assessment|| 1 essay of 2000 words||20%|
Typically, upon completion of this module students should 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.).
participate knowledgeably in debates (written and oral) about the relationship between theatrical theory and practice.
critically read dramatic texts as indicators of complex theatrical events.
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.
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.
** Essential Reading
GENET The Balcony
Flatow, Curth Der Mann, der sich nicht traut... (Happy Wedding)
IBSEN Hedda Gabler
PIRANDELLO Six Characters in Search of an Author
STRINDBERG A Dream Play
CHEKHOV Uncle Vanya
GOGOL The Government Inspector
** Recommended Background
Dukore, B.F. (1974) Drama Theory and Criticism
Pfister (1988) The Theory and Analysis of Drama
Szondi, P (1965) The Theory of Modern Drama (trans. M. Hayes 1987)
Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Daniel (2005) Boulevard Comedy Theatre in Germany
London: Cambridge Scholars Press
Elam, K (1983) The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama
Pavis, P (1982) Languages of the Stage
This module is at CQFW Level 6