Offstage London

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Offstage London

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    History, Theater

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: None

    This module explores the political and artistic aims and effects of non-theatrical performance in the
    twentieth century and contemporary urban environment. It explores how the city is sometimes conceived as a
    dystopian site of potentially enormous social oppression. And it examines everyday, artistic and activist
    performative responses to this potential subjection, responses which imagine the city as, instead, a
    utopian site of personal and social liberation. We contextualise and historicise our analysis through
    studying various theoretical analyses of urban experience (e.g. Baudelaire, Benjamin, Debord, Lefebvre)
    as well as a variety of artistic practices (e.g. everyday interventions, activism, public art).
    Throughout the module, we work to map the ideas and practices we encounter, many originally grounded in
    Paris, in our own experiences of London. The module concludes by imagining what performance might do
    next to contest the particular challenges of living in the city now and to explore and exploit its
    opportunities. Please note that in addition to the weekly 2-hour seminar there will be regular 3-hour
    field-trips and/or screenings.

    Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
    Level: 6

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