Module Identifier DR30420  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Karoline Gritzner  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite Successful completion of Part 1 Drama.  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 x 1 hour  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1 (2,500 words)  45%
Semester Assessment Essay 2 (2,500 words)  45%
Semester Assessment Class Contribution  10%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 1 to a new topic  45%
Supplementary Assessment Essay 2 to a new topic  45%

Learning outcomes

Typically, upon completion of this module a student will be able to:

Brief description

This module focuses on a selection of 19th and 20th century European theatre texts in order to examine a variety of performance modes, theatre practices and dramatic theories.



1.   IBSEN, Ghosts
2.   MAETERLINCK, Pelleas and Melisande
3.   CHEKHOV, Uncle Vanya
4.   STRINDBERG, A Dream Play
5.   PIRANDELLO, Six Characters in Search of an Author
6.   LORCA, Yerma
7.   BRECHT, Galileo
8.   GENET, The Balcony
9.   WEISS, Marat/Sade
10. Conclusion

Module Skills

Problem solving NOT DEVELOPED  
Research skills Students will demonstrate the results of individual research in the form of essays.  
Communication Communication skills will be developed in seminar sessions (class contribution).  
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will receive feedback on class contribution 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

** Essential Reading
BRECHT, Bertolt Galileo
CHEKHOV, Anton (2005) Uncle Vanya Methuen Student Edition
GENET, Jean The Balcony
IBSEN, Henrik Ghosts (in Plays One) Methuen
Lorca, Frederico Garcia transl. Gwynne Edwards (2007) Yerma Methuen Student Edition
Maeterlinck/Debussy (1982) Pelleas and Melisande Calder
PIRANDELLO, Luigi Six Characters in Search of an Author
STRINDBERG, August A Dream Play (in Plays Two) Methuen
WEISS, Peter Marat/Sade
** Recommended Background
Brandt, George (ed.) (1998) Modern Theories of Drama
Dukore, B.F. (1974) Drama Theory and Criticism
Elam, K (1983) The Semiotics of Theatre and Drama
Fischer-Lichte, Erika. (2004.) History of European drama and theatre /Erika Fischer-Lichte. Routledge 0415180597
Pavis, P (1982) Languages of the Stage
Pfister (1988) The Theory and Analysis of Drama
Szondi, P (1965) The Theory of Modern Drama (trans. M. Hayes 1987)


This module is at CQFW Level 6