Cultural Histories of Theatre

Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cultural Histories of Theatre

  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • 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 provides students with a historical and theoretical grounding in some of the key issues in modern and contemporary theatre. Through a series of talks, seminars, screenings and theatre visits, students will encounter significant theatre works and practices in their historical and cultural contexts. Encounters with theatre practice will be accompanied by readings of relevant historical and critical texts so that students can begin to think and write about the role of theatre in a number of different cultural situations. Particular attention will be paid to theatre which enables students to engage with such topics as modernity, cultural difference, formal experimentation and political engagement. Material to be covered might include, for example, Brecht and the culture of the Weimar Republic; Amiri Baraka, Black Power and the Black Revolutionary Theatre; radical performance and mass culture in 1960s Japan.

    Assessment: 60.0% Coursework, 40.0% Practical
    Level: 4

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