PERF07047 2019 Postmodernism in Drama and Literature

General Details

Full Title
Postmodernism in Drama and Literature
Transcript Title
Postmodernism in Drama and Lit
Code
PERF07047
Attendance
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
Department
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Una Mannion, Declan Drohan, Rhona Trench, Niall Rea, Jay Starliper
Programme Membership
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)
Description

This module explores the intellectual history of postmodernism, and will consider a range of postmodern styles, political contexts and aesthetic practices for literature and performance. The module examines the work of theatre companies, productions, designers, writers, philosophers and plays in an effort to explore how postmodern performance practice encapsulates some of the definitions of the postmodern and how this transforms the theatrical, performance and literature landscape.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Understand the various generic and formal manifestations of postmodernism in writing practices including poetry, fiction and the dramatic arts

2.

Examine the problematic conceptual history of postmodernism

3.

critique a range of writing and performance media from the postmodern framework

4.

understand the visual potential of photography, painting, lighting, colour, mood; or the impact of devising, the internet ‑ facebook and second‑life ‑ on the postmodern moment

5.

investigate the impact of postmodernism on issues such as gender, cultural identity, violence, nationhood and power for example

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Varied strategies for teaching and learning are used from lectures, seminars, workshops, group presentations and collaborative work.

Module Assessment Strategies

Exam ‑ 40%

Term Essay ‑ 20%

Continuous Assessment ‑ 20%

Presentation ‑ 20%

Repeat Assessments

Repeat exam

Indicative Syllabus

Some of the postmodern theorists and writers who have defined the postmodern age will be explored. They include Linda Hutcheon, Robert Wilson, Jean Baudrillard, Robert LePage, Frederic Jameson, Jean Francois Lyotard and Michel Foucault. Writers include James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Samuel Beckett, Donald Barthelme, Toni Morrison, Don de Lillo, Philip Roth, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, David Foster Wallace, Doris Lessing and Zadie Smith.

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 Postmodernism - attendance, in-class exercises and presentation/performance Practical Practical Evaluation 60 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
             
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Postmodernism exam Final Exam Open Book Exam 40 % Week 15 1,2,5
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Seminar Flat Classroom Postmodernism in drama and literature 3 Weekly 3.00
Practical Flat Classroom postmodern presentation (with a performance) 1 Once Per Module 0.07
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.07 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
Supplanting the Postmodern: An Anthology of Writings on the Arts and Culture of the Early 21st Century Bloomsbury

Required Reading
The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism: Reading Against the Grain University of Wisconsin

Required Reading
20/09/2019 From Modernism to Postmodernism: American Poetry and Theory in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Book 149) Cambridge University Press

Required Reading
20/10/2019 The Fragmented Female Body and Identity: The Postmodern, Feminist, and Multiethnic Writings of Toni Morrison, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Phyllis Alesia ... and Kathy Acker Peter Lang

Required Reading
20/09/2019 Causey, Matthew, Theatre and Performance in Digital Culture: from simulation to embeddedness Routledge

Required Reading
20/09/2019 The Cambridge Companion to Joyce Cambridge

Required Reading
20/10/2019 Modern/Postmodern: Society, Philosophy, Literature Continuum

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Alexander, Christine; McMaster, Juliet, eds. (2005). The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-81293-1.

Attridge,Derek  ed.: 1999, The Cambridge Companion to Joyce, (Cambridge UP., Cambridge)

Auslander, Philip. Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized World, (London: Routledge, 1999)

Auslander, Philip. Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music, (Michigan, University of Michigan, 2006)

Bailes, Sara-Jane. Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure, (London: Routledge, 2010)

Barrett, Eileen; Cramer, Patricia, eds. (1997). Virginia Woolf: Lesbian Readings. NYU Press. ISBN 978-0-8147-1263-4.

Beauvoir, Simone de (2015) [1949]. The Second Sex (Vintage Feminism Short Edition). Random House. ISBN 978-1-4735-2191-9. see also The Second Sex

Benstock, Shari, ed. (1988). The Private Self: Theory and Practice of Women's Autobiographical Writings. UNC Press Books. ISBN 978-0-8078-4218-8

Bertens, Johannes Willem and Bertens, Hans, The idea of the postmodern: a history, (London: Routledge, 1995)

Bloom, Harold, ed. (2009). Virginia Woolf. Infobase Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4381-1548-1

Bowker, Gordon (2011). James Joyce : a biography. Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Burgess, Anthony, Here Comes Everybody: An Introduction to James Joyce for the Ordinary Reader, Faber & Faber (1965). (Published in America as Re Joyce, Hamlyn Paperbacks Rev. ed edition (1982)). ISBN 0-600-20673-4.

Burgess, Anthony, Joysprick: An Introduction to the Language of James Joyce (1973), Harcourt (1975). ISBN 0-15-646561-2.

Causey, Matthew, Theatre and Performance in Digital Culture: from simulation to embeddedness, (London: Routledge, 2009)

Caux, Patrick & Gilbert, Bernard, EX MACHINA: Creating for the Stage, (UK: Talonbooks, 2009)

Clark, Hilary, The Fictional Encyclopaedia: Joyce, Pound, Sollers. Routledge Revivals, 2011. ISBN 978-0-415-66833-0

Cramer, Patricia. Lesbian readings of Woolf's novels: Introduction. pp. 117–127.

Curry, Ginette. Toubab La!: Literary Representations of Mixed-race Characters in the African Diaspora. Newcastle, England: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-1847182319

Davey, Kate, Richard Foreman and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, (New York: Vintage Books, 1981)

Delgado, Maria M. and Caridad Svich (eds.), Theatre in Crisis?: performance manifestos for a new century, (Manchester University Press, 2002)

Delgado, Maria M. and Caridad Svich (eds.), Theatre in Crisis?: performance manifestos for a new century, (Manchester University Press, 2002)

Dundjerovic, Aleksandar Sasa, The Theatricality of Robert Lepage, (London: Routledge, 2009)

Dundjerovic, Aleksandar Sasa, The Theatricality of Robert Lepage, (London: Routledge, 2009)

Featherstone, Mike. Consumer Culture and Postmodernism, London: Sage, 2007)

Foreman, Richard : Plays and Manifestos (1976) Theatre of Images (1977) No body: A Novel in Parts (1996) Paradise Hotel and Other Plays (2001) Richard Foreman (Art Performance) (2005) Bad Boy Nietzsche! and Other Plays (2005) Manifestos and Essays (forthcoming 2010) Davey, Kate, Richard Foreman and the Ontological Hysteric Theater, (New York: Vintage Books, 1981)

Hammond, Will. Verbatim Theatre: Contemporary Documentary Theatre, (London: Oberon Books, 2008)

Jameson, Frederic. Cultural Turn : Selected Writings on the Postmodern 1983 1998

Jameson, Frederic. Postmodernism, (Duke NC. 1996) Caux, Patrick & Gilbert, Bernard, EX MACHINA: Creating for the Stage, (UK: Talonbooks, 2009) Sandler, Irving, Art Of The Postmodern Era: From The Late 1960s To The Early 1990s, (u.s.: Trade Paperback, 1997) Murphie, Andrew and Potts, Culture and technology, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) Bertens, Johannes Willem and Bertens, Hans, The idea of the postmodern: a history, (London: Routledge, 1995) Leitc, Vincent B.,Postmodernism: local effects, global flows, (State University of New York, 1996) Whitmore, Jon, Directing Postmodern Theater: Shaping Signification in Performance, (University of Michigan, 1994) 

Leitc, Vincent B.,Postmodernism: local effects, global flows, (State University of New York, 1996)

Liedeke, Plate and Anneke Smelik (eds.), Performing Memory in Art and Popular Culture, (New York: Routledge, 2013)

McHale, Brian and Len Platt (eds.). The Cambridge History of Postmodern Literature, (Cambridge, 2016)

Murphie, Andrew and Potts, Culture and technology, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

Nakamura, Lisa. Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity and Identity on the Internet, (London: Routledge, 2013)

Perloff, Marjore. Postmodern Genres, (Oklahoma UP, Oklahoma 1998)

Sandler, Irving, Art Of The Postmodern Era: From The Late 1960s To The Early 1990s, (u.s.: Trade Paperback, 1997)

Witmore, Jon, Directing Postmodern Theater: Shaping Signification in Performance, (University of Michigan, 1994) 

 

 


 

Journal Resources

PMC - online journal - Postmodern Culture - University of California

Project Muse

Digital Humanities Quarterly

The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities

 

 

 

 

URL Resources

http://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/engl/theory/postmodernism

http://www.cla.purdue.edu/academic/engl/theory/postmodernism/modules/baudrillardpostmodernity.html

http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/fr/lyotard.htm

http://www.robertwilson.com

http://www.absolutewilson.com/main.html

http://www.ontological.com

http://www.complicite.org/

http://www.thewoostergroup.org/

http://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/content/

http://blueraincoat.com/contact.html

 

Film, Director - Katherina Otto-Bernstein, Absolute Wilson: The Biography, featuring Robert Wilson, Susan Sontag, Philip Glass and David Byrne, 2006

Robert Foreman:

Radio Rick in Heaven and Radio Richard in Hell, film (1987)

Total Rain, video play (1990)

Robert Lepage:

1992: Tectonic Plates

1995: Le Confessional

1997: Le Polygraphe

1998: Nô

2000: Possible Worlds

2003: The Far Side of the Moon

 

Films: Chuck Palahnuik's Fight Club, David Fincher's The Matrix, Kinji Fukasaku's Japanese movie Battle Royale,

 

Other Resources

JSTOR http://libguides.itsligo.ie/az.php?a=j

Digital Theatre through IT Sligo's library

Films through IT Sligo's library

 

Rihard Foreman online: 

 

 Plays and Manifestos (1976)

 Theatre of Images (1977)

 No-body: A Novel in Parts (1996)

 Paradise Hotel and Other Plays (2001)

 Richard Foreman (Art + Performance) (2005)

 Bad Boy Nietzsche! and Other Plays (2005)

 Manifestos and Essays (forthcoming 2010)