Staging Histories

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Staging Histories

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    History, Theater

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Suitable for Study Abroad/International Exchange students enrolled at KU
    for Study Option 3 but must be enrolled in DA4002 Making Theatre Happen as

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module runs in conjunction with DA4002 Making Theatre Happen. The module
    introduces students to significant approaches and research methods associated with the
    study of theatre history. The course will draw on students? previous and current studies
    of performance texts and styles to investigate how we make theatre history, what
    evidence we draw upon, and what implications these histories have for our current
    performance making

    In the first part of the module students will increase their knowledge and understanding
    by investigating key periods in Western theatre history including the English renaissance,
    the popular Victorian stage, modernism and the post-war theatre of the absurd. In a
    series of tutor led seminar/workshops, the students will consider the historical contexts
    that gave rise to changing conceptions of dramatic character, dialogue and action.

    Particular attention will be given to the material conditions in which theatre artists
    worked and the relationship between the theatre and the culture at large in any given

    Topics covered may include:
    ? textual analysis, drawn from the work of, for example, Simon Shepherd, Mick Wallis, and Thomas Postlwait
    ? performance analysis and the theatrical event, drawing on the work of,
    for example, Patrice Pavis
    ? theatre iconography, drawing on the work of, for example, Robert
    Erenstein, Christopher Balme and Jacky Bratton
    ? theatre aesthetics, drawing on the work of, for example, Artistotle,
    George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Antonin Artaud and Howard Barker
    ? reception theory, spectatorship and audience, drawing on the work of,
    for example, Susan Bennett and Helen Freshwater
    ? theatre architecture, drawing on the work of, for example, Christopher
    Baugh, Iain Mackintosh and Marvin Carlson
    ? workshop analysis and practical exploration of historically distant play
    ? the reconstruction of acting styles of the past

    Autumn Semester:
    Students study two distinct periods of European theatre history in relation to playtexts
    from that era. Periods studied are not fixed but may include 17th century Revenge
    Tragedy, 19th century Melodrama, 20th century Expressionism.

    Teaching: Lecture, Presentations, Seminars and Workshops, and Group Practical Work.

    Three Assessment Elements:
    ? 2000 word Individual Research Essay (40%)
    ? 10 min Group Presentation (20%)
    ? Performance (40%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: 2000 word research essay on one of the historical periods studied

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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