|| GE26020 |
|| GLOBAL AND LOCAL THEATRE IN THE GERMAN-SPEAKING CONTEXT |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Jane Wilkinson |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Eligibility for entry to Level 2 German |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 10 lectures/ seminars |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || |
|| Workload Breakdown || Formal tuition: 20 hours; preparation specifically for classes: 20 hours; assessment (preparation and writing) 20 hours; examination: 2 hours; private study: 138 hours. |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours 2 questions||60%|
|Semester Assessment|| 1 x 2500 word essay (continuous assessment)||30%|
|Semester Assessment|| 1 x group seminar presentation||10%|
|Supplementary Exam|| 1 x 2-hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3-hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted.||100%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. demonstrate a clear understanding of the current trends and issues in German-speaking theatre and the reasons and influences behind these trends.
2. examine and discuss critically a range of plays by contemporary German-speaking dramatists writing under the influences of cultural globalisation.
3. analyse and discuss a variety of theatre practices and performances influenced by globalisation.
4. demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories of cultural globalisation and an ability to use these theories to discuss contemporary theatrical phenomena.
5. establish and express their own opinions on the interplay between global and local influences in the theatre.
6. express themselves clearly, coherently and in a logical fashion orally and in writing.
The introduction of this module will broaden the range of options available to Level 2 students of German. The module complements the sociolinguistic and literary German module options by introducing students to the study of theatre. It is hoped that students will be able to apply their knowledge of cultural globalization to other modules in the Department of European Languages and in other departments. The module presupposes no knowledge of cultural globalization or theatre.
Theatre has long been thought of as a 'locatable phenomenon' which has a strong material presence in time and place and plays an important role in the construction and expression of national, regional and local identities. As boundaries between places and cultures become blurred and as ideas and media are shared and spread across cultures, remarkable similarities are emerging between the cultural production of countries across the western world; cultural forms, including theatre, are becoming increasingly difficult to 'locate'. In this module we will therefore examine the relationship between cultural globalisation and contemporary German-speaking theatre through theoretical analysis of play-texts, performances, theatre repertoires and theatre practices. The module is based on the following fundamental questions: How are the processes of 'cultural gloalisation' influencing contemporary German-speaking theatre? Does a recognisably 'German' theatre culture still exist? What place does German-speaking theatre have on the 'global' stage?
1. Introduction to the concept of cultural globalisation.
2. The contemporary German-speaking theatre landscape
3. Drama against a global backdrop 1: Urs Widmer's 'Top Dogs'.
4. Drama against a global backdrop 2: Theresia Walser's 'So wild ist es in unseren Waldern schon lange nicht mehr'.
5. Drama against a global backdrop 3: Elfriede Jelinek's 'Bambiland'.
6. Global influences on theatre repertoires.
7. Theatre festivals and tourism: 'Die Bregenzer Festspiele'.
8. Theatre festivals and politics: Transborder theatre festivals.
9. Performing the local: Amateur theatre in the German-speaking world.
10. Conclusions: Theatre between the local and the global?
|| Students will learn to work through the problems of using an interdisciplinary methodology which arise when applying social science theories of cultural globalization to theatre texts and performances. |
|| Students will be required to find, evaluate and use source materials (primary and secondary). |
|| Students will be expected to communicate in seminars both informally and in an assessed presentation, as well as to write at an appropriate level for assignments. |
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|| Students will be able to observe the improvement in their own competence in analyzing, interpreting and comparing literary texts and will also develop new skills in analyzing theatre performances (on video). |
|| Students will be expected to work in groups during seminars and in their own time and will thus develop team skills in dividing up and organizing work. |
|| Students will be expected to use the internet to access theatre websites. There will also be the opportunity to use programs such as PowerPoint in seminar presentations and written assignments will be word processed. |
|Application of Number
|| Not directly addressed in this module. |
|Personal Development and Career planning
|| Not directly addressed in this module. |
|Subject Specific Skills
|| Linguistic competence will be developed through reading primary and secondary literature in German and watching videos of German-speaking theatre performances. Students will learn new vocabulary specific to the topics of theatre and globalisation. |
** Should Be Purchased
Jelinek, Elfriede (2004) Bambiland
Walser, Theresia (2000) So wild ist es in unseren Waeldern schon lange nicht mehr
Verlag der Autoren
Widmer, Urs (1997) Top Dogs
Verlag der Autoren
** Essential Reading
Appadurai, Arjun (1996 (various p) Modernity at large: cultural dimensions of globalization / Arjun Appadurai.
Bauman, Zygmunt. (2000.) Liquid modernity / Zygmunt Bauman.
Hannerz, Ulf. (1996 (2002 prin) Transnational connections: culture, people, places / Ulf Hannerz.
Phipps, Alison (ed) (2002.) Contemporary German cultural studies / edited by Alison Phipps. Encountering Stories from Contemporary German Theatre
** Recommended Text
Anderson, Benedict R. O'G. (1991 (various p) Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism / Benedict Anderson.
Eagleton, Terry (2000.) The idea of culture / Terry Eagleton.
Featherstone, Mike (1990.) Global culture: nationalism, globalization and modernity: a Theory, culture & society special issue / edited by Mike Featherstone.
Featherstone, Mike. (1995.) Undoing culture: globalization, postmoderism and identity / Mike Featherstone.
Hanika, Karin and Wagner, Bernd (2004) Kulturelle Globalisierung und Regionale Identitaet
Smiers, Joost. (2003.) Arts under pressure: promoting cultural diversity in the age of globalisation / Joost Smiers.
Tomlinson, John. (1999 (various p) Globalization and culture / John Tomlinson.
Wagner, Bernd (2001) Kulturelle Globalisierung
** Recommended Background
(1991.) Culture, globalisation and the world system / edited by Anthony D. King.
Featherstone, Mike (1995 (various p) Global modernities / edited by Mike Featherstone, Scott Lash, and Roland Robertson.
Giddens, Anthony. (2002.) Runaway world: how globalisation is reshaping our lives / Anthony Giddens.
Moran, Albert. (1998.) Copycat television: globalisation, program formats, and cultural identity / Albert Moran.
Perry, Nick (1998.) Hyperreality and global culture / Nick Perry.
Robertson, Roland. (1992 (various p) Globalization: social theory and global culture / Roland Robertson.
This module is at CQFW Level 5