LITT06015 2019 Literature: The Critical Voice

General Details

Full Title
Literature: The Critical Voice
Transcript Title
Literature: The Critical Voice
80 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design) SG_HWLIT_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature

This module focuses on developing a critical voice and introduces learners to live performance, contemporary literature and visual art in order to develop skills in critical analysis. Learners explore a range of theories and methods for analysing and appreciating performance and literature. Learners equipped with a set of concepts and terms with which to critique and evaluate and learn how to structure reviews and conduct interviews. Field trips include theatre festivals, readings and exhibitions. This module aims to develop skills in literary research, performance research, visual research, presentations, literary journalism, theatre journalism, review writing, revision and editing through interactive and practical workshops.


Learning Outcomes

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


Understand and evaluate the factors underlying the generation of meaning in writing and performance


Critically evaluate and apply vocabulary of literary and performance analysis in seminar discussions and in critical reviews


Revise, edit and peer-edit critical reviews


Present research and communicate ideas through structured oral presentations 


Collaborate with colleagues in research and analysis and engage in process of giving and receiving feedback for professional development


apply primary research skills by interviewing creative practitioners

Module Assessment Strategies

Attending live performances is integral to this module. Seminars and workshops build upon the performance (dance, music, theatre, performance art etc) as the source material. Seminars designed to elucidate topic areas, clarify critical terms and to provide contextual background. Workshops provide learners with opportunity to practically apply skills and engage in collaborative and peer-learning, including presentations and peer editing workshops.

Indicative Syllabus

Week 1 

Introduction to Critical Writing


Week 2

visit to Dublin Theatre Festival and praparation

Textual and Performance Concepts

  • reading the theatrical performance as text
  • exploration of the work in terms of genre and cultural and theoretical movements
  • narrative structure
  • theatrical movements

    Performance Concepts

  • acting styles
  • character
  • analysis

Week 3

 Production and staging concepts

  • direction
  • style
  • governing idea
  • the material theatre
  • costume
  • design concept
  • technology
  • lighting
  • space
  • scenography
  • symbolism

Week 4

 Critical Concepts and the experience of witnessing

  • experience of attending
  • audience
  • analysis
  • contextual study

Week 5


  • library resources
  • online journals
  • visual research
  • documenting research and recording research

7. Review Writing

strategies for writing reviews 







Week 8

Books Journalism

Week 9 

Learning to give and receive critical feedback

writing a literary review

Week 10

Interviewing skills

pre-interview strategies

research, preparation of questions


post interview

the write-up

Week 11 

presentation skills

Week 12

giving constructive feedback

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Theatre Review and Collaborative Presentation Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % OnGoing 1,2,5
2 Individual Presentation/Led Discussion Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5
3 Project Critical Reviews Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % OnGoing 1,2,3,5
4 Interview with Creative Practitioner Continuous Assessment Assignment 25 % Week 10 1,2,3,4,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Seminar Flat Classroom Workshop/seminar 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Literary Journalism

 Thomas Berner, The Literature of Journalism: Text and Context (1998)

  Norman Sims, True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism (2008) and Literary Journalism in the Twentieth Century (2008)

  Ben Yagoda and Kevin Kerrane, The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997)



Knowles, Paul, Reading The Material Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Allain, Paul and Jen Harvie, The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance (Routledge, 2006)

Auslander, Philip, Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (Routledge 1999)

Zarrili, Philip, Theatre Histories: An Introduction (Routledge, 2006)

Giesekam, Greg , Staging the Screen: The Use of Film and Media in Theatre (Palgrave, 2007)

Other Resources
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