Full Title Culture, Performance and Representation (20th Century 1)

Short Title Cult Perf and Rep 20th C 1

Code PERF06038
Level 06
Credit 05

Author Trench, Rhona
Department Computing & Creative Practices

Subject Area Performing Arts
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
This module examines the Modernist Temperament in terms of social, historical and cultural contexts. Issues such as changes in science, industry, technology, mass production, urbanisation as well as approaches to religion are examined. The shift towards reason, existentialism and the emergence of psychology as ways in which to scrutinise the world is explored. A range of philosophers and playwrights such as Sartre, Nietzsche, Camus, Beckett, Adamov, Genet and Ionesco are examined. The world of the 'absurd' is examined as a means of categorising a style of theatre which arose in the twentieth century. Questions such as 'what is the absurd?', 'what is its significance?' and 'what are the implications of the absurd?' will be considered.

Indicative Syllabus
The Thinkers of the Twentieth Century - Sartre's Being and Nothingess, Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Freud's Civilisation and its Discontent will be central texts examined.

Subjectivity and Society- André Breton's Surrealist Manifesto, Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty and Alfred Jarry's notion of theatre of revolt will be examined in light of subjectivity and society.

The Theatre of the Absurd- Camus, E sslin, Beckett, Adamov and Ionesco centrally explored. Context of World War 2/ Rejection of traditional realism and naturalism /Lack of chronological plots, continuous narratives, closed endings in favour of experimental forms of various kinds /Literary modernism share the characteristics of emphasising impressionism and subjectivity, blurred distinctions between genres /a liking for fragmented forms and a tendency towards reflexivity.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. analyse and critically examine diverse forms of performative discourse and their effects on representation in the context of modernism

  2. disseminate complex ideas about modernism in clear and communicative ways in seminars

  3. understand the diverse trends surrounding modernism

  4. develop team working skills which will practically demonstrate modernism in tutorials

  5. demonstrate the ways in which texts can be exploited to mean different things in the modernist context


Assessment Strategies
Course Contribution - practical demonstrations and ability to contribute discussion in seminars/tutorials - 35%

Term Essay - 25%

Exam - 40%

Assessment Facilitites
Flat space for students to apply theoretical ideas in practice

Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
None
Co Requisite Modules
None
Incompatible Modules
None

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Examination 40 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Practical Evaluation Group practical and individual input 1,2,3,4,5 35 OnGoing
Individual Project Term essay 1,2,3,4,5 25 End of Term


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Final Exam 1,2,3,4,5 40 End of Term


Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecturer-led 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom student-led 2 Weekly 2.00

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 3.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Resources
Book Resources
Rainey, Robert, Modernism: An Anthology, (Blackwell Publishing, 2005)

Cardullo, Bert and Knopf, Robert, Theater of the Avant-Garde 1890-1950, (Yale University, 2001)

Goodman, Lizbeth with De Gay, Jane (eds.), The Routledge Reader in Politics and Performance, (London: Routledge, 2000)

Goodman, Lizbeth, and De Gay, Jane, (eds.) The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance (London: Routledge, 1998)

Reinelt, Janelle G. and Roach, Joseph R. (eds.) Critical Theory and Performance, (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992)

Worthen, W.B., The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama, Revised edition (U.S.:,Harcourt, 2010)

Fell, Jill, Alfred Jarry: An Imagination in Revolt, (New Jersey: Rosemont Publishing, 2005)

Scheer, Edward (ed.), Antonin Artaurd: A Critical Reader, (London: Routledge, 2004)

Negri, Paul (ed.), Alfred Jarry: Ubu Roi, unabridged edition, (Dover Publications, 2003)

Schechner, Richard, Performance Studies: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2002)

Innes, Christopher, Avant Garde Theatre 1892-1992, (London: Routledge, 1993)

Howells, Christina (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Sartre. Cambridge, London: Cambridge University
Press, 1992. Contains helpful articles on diverse aspects of Sartre's philosophical and literary works.
Other Resources
None
Url Resources
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