Learning outcomesOn 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 performance texts and analyse performances.
apply critical theory to a range of performance 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.
Performance theory and critical theory will be explorwed 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 performance and to the historical evolution of theatre/perofrmance in the context of Western Europe and North America. Using Counsel and Wolf's Performance Analysis as a course-book, this module will introduce students to the theorised analysis of performance through reading a wide variety of key texts and watching vidoe documentary of performance. THemes to be covered include:
The performing body
The space of performance
The borders of performance
Audience and spectatorship
The politics of gender and sexual identity
** Essential Reading
Counsell and Woolf (2001) Performance Analysis : A Coursebook
Routledge/Taylor and Francis
** Recommended Background
Calvino, Italo (1995) Six memos for the New Milennium
Etchels, Tim (1999) Certain fragments
Routledge/ Taylor Francis
Marcus, Greil (2002) Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century
Faber and Faber
Kane, Sarah (1998) Crave
Marranca, Bonnie (ed.) (1995) The theatre Images
Muller, Heiner Hamletmachine
Reinelt, Janelle and Roach, Joseph R (eds.) (1992) Critical Theory and Performance
Ann Arbour:Michigan university press
Schimmel, Paul (1998) Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object 1949-1979
THames and Hudson
This module is at CQFW Level 7