20 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: LIT180

Aims/Description: This module seeks to investigate significant developments in British Theatre since 1968. It will focus on the works of contemporary dramatists and companies, and will examine the historical, political, cultural and aesthetic contexts in which their work was written and performed. It will consider the texts not as literary artifacts but as material which exists primarily for and within performance. In addition to recognising that these texts are intended for performance, the module may also consider such topics as the rise of the female voice, political theatre; the Royal Court and Theatre Workshop, the ending of theatre censorship by the Lord Chamberlain, documentary/verbatim theatre, and the theatre of shock. Playwrights whose work may be considered include Harold Pinter, Howard Brenton, Caryl Churchill, Edward Bond, Howard Barker, David Hare, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Sarah Kane and Mark Ravenhill.

Staff Contact: Lisa Allen
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Group presentation which may involve performance.

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