Module Identifier DRM0530  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Richard Gough  
Semester Semester 1  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay 7,500 words. Submission: one month after the end of the module100%
Supplementary Assessment Essay: Submission of the essay to a new title100%

Learning outcomes

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



This module will study the central concepts that form and give rise to the great traditions of world theatre: Kabuki, and Noh theatre of Japam; the dance/theatre of India (Kathakali, Kathak, Odissi and Bharata Natyam); Chinese Opera; the dance/theatres of Bali and the ritual/dance of Africa and South America. The course will analyse key texts and writings that have influenced and directed the development of these forms (e.g. the ancient treaties on Indian dance Natyasastra, and the 16th century writings of Zeami with regard to Noh), and the innovations that have enriched and promoted the practice of these forms (e.g. Mei Lan Fang of Peking Opera)

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Bandem, I Made (1981) kaja and Kelod Kuala Lumpur
Brandon, James (1970) On Thrones of Gold Cambridge, Mass
Brandon, James (1967) Theatre in Southeast Asia Cambridge, Mass
Ernst, Earl (1974) The Kabuki Theatre Honolulu, Univ. of Hawaii Press
Extracts from the following key texts will be made available. Multiple copies of the original books are available for reference in the CPR archive.
Ghosh, Manomohan, ed & trans. (1950) The Natyasastra: A Treatise on Hindu Dramaturgy and Histrionics Calcutta
Keene, Donald (1966) No: The Classical Theatre of Japan Palo Alto, California, Kodansha
Kompary, K (1983) The Noh Theatre: Principles and Perspectives Tokyo: Weatherhill
Richmond, Swann & Zarrilli (1990) Indian Theatre Univ. of Hawaii Press
Scott, A. C. (1959) Mei Lang-Fang, Leader of the Pear Garden Hong Kong
Scott, A.C. (1957) The Classical Theatre of China London
Sekine, Masaru (1985) Zeami and his Theories of Noh Drama London: Smythe
Zarrilli, Phillip (1984) The Kathakali Complex: Actor, Performance & Structure New Delhi, Abhinav
Zung, Celia (1937) Secrets of the Chinese Drama new York
de Zoete, Beryl (1938) Dance and Drama in Bali Kuala Lumpur


This module is at CQFW Level 7