EDUC07026 2017 Through the Looking Glass: Drama from Boucicault to Donoghue

General Details

Full Title
Through the Looking Glass: Drama from Boucicault to Donoghue
Transcript Title
Through the Looking Glass
Code
EDUC07026
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
EDUC - Education
Department
SOCS - Social Sciences
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
10 - 10 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Bernie Meehan, Suzanne Collery, Kate Brown
Programme Membership
SG_HENGL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology SG_SOSCJOIN_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Joint Major: English and Spanish SG_HENGL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology
Description

Building on the work of Drama Studies: An Introduction in the first year, this module is designed to extend and deepen the students’ knowledge of dramatic literature from the mid-19th century to the present day. Special emphasis will be laid upon significant Irish playwrights within the broader structures of British and European dramatic texts. The students will interrogate the distinctive nature of the theatrical medium and will develop a flexible critical response to the fusion of plays both as texts and as performances.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Perceive and explain key theoretical issues in the field of drama studies

2.

Examine and reflect how the theoretical issues frame and direct practice

3.

Interrogate post-modern texts

4.

Discuss the evolution of dramatic writing from Boucicault to Donoghue

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be delivered using a number of different strategies, for example, Seminars, workshops, lecture and EBL strategies. 

Module Assessment Strategies

There are two parts to the assessment of this module: End of Term Project 60%

  • End of Term Project 60%
  • In-Class Exam 40%

Repeat Assessments

Repeat requirements will depend on the failed components but may take the form of:

  • Repeat Exam
  • Repeat/Attend Project

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
Drama Studies: An Introduction

Indicative Syllabus

The student will be able to:

1.Discuss the evolution of dramatic writing from Boucicault to Donoghue

The student will explore dramatic literature beginning with the melodramas of Dion Boucicault and his contemporaries on mid-Victorian stages. The student will examine the turn toward naturalism at the end of the nineteenth century through to modernist plays and practices up to the mid-twentieth century. Playwrights of interest will include Henrik Ibsen, W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Suzanne R. Day, George Bernard Shaw, Brendan Behan, Mairead Ni Ghrada, Tennessee Williams and Samuel Beckett. The student will recognise, analyse and compare the works of number of plays and their practices employing a mix of close reading, critique and performance related analyses

2. Perceive and explain key theoretical issues in the field of drama studies

The student will interrogate and discuss in detail one or more of the major theoretical positions that have shaped stage theory in the nineteenth and the twentieth century. The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of a number of important critical writings that have influenced the making and reception of Twentieth-Century theatre

3. Examine and reflect how the theoretical issues frame and direct practice

The student will demonstrate his or her learning of theory and practice for the module by applying conceptual and practical understanding to a series of critical analyses and discussions in workshop/seminars and flash presentations to others in the class.

4. Interrogate post-modern texts

The student will be able to define the terms 'modern' and its relationship to ideas of 'post-modern theatre, to be able to recognise the form, content and effects of a range of very different texts. The student will examine a number of plays (Irish and International) which interrogate notions of the role of art, the family, gender and sexuality along with the idea of nation and of state. Beginning at the cusp with Brian Friel, playwrights of note include Heiner Muller Caryl Churchill, Martin Crimp, Christina Reid, Marie Jones, Marina Carr, Paula Meehan and Emma Donoghue.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Project Group Project 60 % End of Semester 2,4
             
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 In Class Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 40 % Week 26 1,3
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Seminar Flat Classroom Seminar 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2000 The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama Earl McPeek

Recommended Reading
2009 The Norton Anthology of Drama Volume Two: The Nineteenth Century to the Present W. W. Norton :-:- Company

Recommended Reading
2007 Women in Irish DramaA Century of Authorship and Representation Palgrave

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Worthen, W.B., 2000 The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama Earl McPeek

J Ellen Gainer et al (Eds), 2009 The Norton Anthology of Drama Volume Two: The Nineteenth Century to the Present W. W. Norton: Company

Editors: Sihra, M. (Ed.), 2007 Women in Irish Drama A Century of Authorship and Representation Palgrave

Other Resources

Play texts and lists of critical readings will be made available to the students

Additional Information

None