PERF06038 2013 Culture, Performance and Representation (20th Century 1)

General Details

Full Title
Culture, Performance and Representation (20th Century 1)
Transcript Title
Cult Perf and Rep 20th C 1
N/A %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This module examines the Modernist Temperament in terms of social, historical and cultural contexts. Issues such as changes in science, industry, technology, mass production, urbanisation as well as approaches to religion are examined. The shift towards reason, existentialism and the emergence of psychology as ways in which to scrutinise the world is explored. A range of philosophers and playwrights such as Sartre, Nietzsche, Camus, Beckett, Adamov, Genet and Ionesco are examined. The world of the 'absurd' is examined as a means of categorising a style of theatre which arose in the twentieth century. Questions such as 'what is the absurd?', 'what is its significance?' and 'what are the implications of the absurd?' will be considered. 

Learning Outcomes

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


analyse and critically examine diverse forms of performative discourse and their effects on representation in the context of modernism


disseminate complex ideas about modernism in clear and communicative ways in seminars


understand the diverse trends surrounding modernism


develop team working skills which will practically demonstrate modernism in tutorials


demonstrate the ways in which texts can be exploited to mean different things in the modernist context

Module Assessment Strategies

Course Contribution - practical demonstrations and ability to contribute discussion in seminars/tutorials - 35%

Term Essay - 25%

Exam - 40%

Indicative Syllabus

The Thinkers of the Twentieth Century - Sartre's Being and Nothingess, Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Freud's Civilisation and its Discontent will be central texts examined.

Subjectivity and Society- André Breton's Surrealist Manifesto, Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty and Alfred Jarry's notion of theatre of revolt will be examined in light of subjectivity and society.

The Theatre of the Absurd- Camus, E sslin, Beckett, Adamov and Ionesco centrally explored. Context of World War 2/ Rejection of traditional realism and naturalism /Lack of chronological plots, continuous narratives, closed endings in favour of experimental forms of various kinds /Literary modernism share the characteristics of emphasising impressionism and subjectivity, blurred distinctions between genres /a liking for fragmented forms and a tendency towards reflexivity.

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 Practical Evaluation Group practical and individual input Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 35 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Individual Project Term essay Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecturer-led 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom student-led 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Rainey, Robert, Modernism: An Anthology, (Blackwell Publishing, 2005)

Cardullo, Bert and Knopf, Robert, Theater of the Avant-Garde 1890-1950, (Yale University, 2001)

Goodman, Lizbeth with De Gay, Jane (eds.), The Routledge Reader in Politics and Performance, (London: Routledge, 2000)

Goodman, Lizbeth, and De Gay, Jane, (eds.) The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance (London: Routledge, 1998)

Reinelt, Janelle G. and Roach, Joseph R. (eds.) Critical Theory and Performance, (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992)

Worthen, W.B., The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama, Revised edition (U.S.:,Harcourt, 2010)

Fell, Jill, Alfred Jarry: An Imagination in Revolt, (New Jersey: Rosemont Publishing, 2005)

Scheer, Edward (ed.), Antonin Artaurd: A Critical Reader, (London: Routledge, 2004)

Negri, Paul (ed.), Alfred Jarry: Ubu Roi, unabridged edition, (Dover Publications, 2003)

Schechner, Richard, Performance Studies: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2002)

Innes, Christopher, Avant Garde Theatre 1892-1992, (London: Routledge, 1993)

Howells, Christina (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Sartre. Cambridge, London: Cambridge University
Press, 1992. Contains helpful articles on diverse aspects of Sartre's philosophical and literary works. 

Other Resources