Module Identifier DR30130  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Karoline Gritzner  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Professor David I Rabey, Dr Mary F Brewer, Mrs Joan G Mills, Ms Jill Greenhalgh  
Pre-Requisite DR10220 , DR10120  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 2 Hours Lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 x 1 Hour seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours 2- hour examination  30%
Semester Assessment 2 essays of 2500 words each  50%
Semester Assessment Seminar group presentations, in which students present the findings of their research into a specific gender related issue; and class contribution20%
Supplementary Exam 2 x 2500 word essays presented on a new topic. 50% 2 Hours resit exam to a new paper30%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

This module will explore the ways in which gender categories are constructed and represented in theatre and performance and introduce students to key issues of gender theory through a detailed study of a number of dramatic and performance texts.



1. Gender Studies and Hamlet
2. Images of Women in Theatre/History
3. Staging Feminism(s)
4.   Staging Masculinities
5. Lesbian and Gay Theatre
6. Theatre, Eroticism, Sexuality
7. Explicit Bodies in Performance
8. The gendered voice/body (workshop).
PLUS additional workshops and / or lecture demonstrations by invited guest lecturers / artists

Module Skills

Problem_solving NOT DEVELOPED  
Research skills Students will demonstrate the results of research into an agreed aspect of the course material in the form of group presentations. They will also demonstrate the results of individual research in the form of essays and in an exam situation.  
Communication Communication skills will be developed in seminar sessions (class contribution) and group presentations.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will receive feedback on group presentations and written assignments.  
Team work Research for group presentations will develop group work skills.  
Information Technology IT and information handling skills will be demonstrated in students┬┐ individual research (library and web-based) and in their written work (word processing).  
Application of Number NOT DEVELOPED  
Personal Development and Career planning Students will have the opportunity to explore specific areas which reflect and strengthen their individual career needs.  
Subject Specific Skills Students are encouraged to develop the use of a critical and analytical vocabulary in their written and oral response to gender issues in drama/theatre.  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Aston, Elaine (1995) An Introduction to Feminism and Theatre London: Routledge
Burke, Phyllis (1996) Gender Shock: Exploding the Myths of Male and Female Anchor
Butler, Judith (1999) Gender Trouble London: Routledge
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
Goodman, Lizbeth (1993) Contemporary Feminist Theatres London: Routledge
Keyssar, Helene (ed.) (1996) Feminist Theory St Martin's Press
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

** Essential Reading
Barker, Howard (2002) Gertrurde (the cry)/ Knowledge of a Girl Calder
Bentley, Eric Round 2
Churchill, Caryl (1985) Vinegar Tom Methuen Drama
Daniels, Sarah (1991) Masterpieces Methuen Plays
Moch, Cheryl Cinderella: the Real True Story
Nielson, Anthony (1998) The Censor (in Plays: Normal, Penetrator) Methuen
Shakespeare, William Hamlet Arden edition
Strindberg, August (1964 (2000)) The Father (in Plays: One) Methuen


This module is at CQFW Level 6