Module Identifier DR30130  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Karoline Gritzner  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite DR10220 , DR10120  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 2 hour Lecture  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 x 1 hour seminar  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam 2- hour examination  30%
Semester Assessment Group presentation and class contribution20%
Semester Assessment Essay 1 (2,500 words)  25%
Semester Assessment Essay 2 (2,500 words)  25%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

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



1.   Gender Studies and Hamlet
2.   Images of Women in Theatre/History: Caryl Churchill
3.   Feminism(s): Daniels, Masterpieces; The Magdalena Project
4.   Masculinities: Strindberg, The Father, Nielson, The Censor
5.   Lesbian and Gay Theatre: Bentley, Round 2; Moch, Cinderella: The Real True Story
6.   Theatre, Eroticism, Sexuality: Barker, Gertude 9the Cry); Knowledge and A Girl
7.   Explicit bodies in performance
8.   The gendered voice/body - workshop
9.   Gender trouble (Butler)
10. Conclusion

Module Skills

Problem solving NOT DEVELOPED  
Research skills Students will 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).  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will receive feedback on group presentations and written assignments.  
Team work Group discussions in seminars 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 the module contents.  

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