PERF08045 2017 Postmodern Performance

General Details

Full Title
Postmodern Performance
Transcript Title
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mr. John Kelleher, Tom Weir, Una Mannion, Rhona Trench, Bernie Meehan, Jo Conway, Agnes Pallai
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature SG_HWRIT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_HWLIT_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature

This module explores the intellectual history of postmodernism, considering a range of postmodern styles, political contexts and aesthetic practices for 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 and performance landscape.

Learning Outcomes

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


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


Examine the problematic conceptual history of postmodernism


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


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


create a postmodern piece of writing, debating the choice of subject matter and the significance of its meaning critiqued through the postmodern lens


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 - 30%

Continuous Assessment - 20%

Presentation - 10%

Repeat Assessments

Learners will have the opportunity to repeat continuous assessment through project work and/or 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, Virinia Woolf and William Faulkner.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Individual Project Term Essay Project Essay 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

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

David Rudrum and Nicholas Stavris, Supplanting the Postmodern: An Anthology of Writings on the Arts and Culture of the Early 21st Century, (UK: Bloomsbury, 2015)

The Fragmented Female Body and Identity: The Postmodern, Feminist, and Multiethnic Writings of Toni Morrison, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Phyllis Alesia ... and Kathy Acker (Modern American Literature) (New York: Peter Lang, 2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frederic Jameson, 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)  

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