School of English and Drama

Cultural Politics and Performance

Module code: DRA259

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Friday 11 am - 1 pm
  • Semester 1: Friday 2 pm - 4 pm

Contact: Dr Aoife Monks
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Cultural Politics and Performance builds on thinking and theatre-going in the first year, in order to introduce you to key philosophical and ethical debates about the nature and purpose of the theatre event in relation to its cultural contexts. The module will focus on the politics of representation within a range of geographical and historical contexts, asking questions about the nature and purpose of representation within ethical and political frameworks, and examining how artists themselves have used formal innovations to interrogate the ideological implications of their own practices. The module will enable you to engage with a range of key theoretical methods and approaches. It will build on your introduction to semiotics and ideology by focusing on questions of identity and power; it will also develop your historical thinking and research skills. Theories, debates and contexts examined might include queer theory, anti-theatricality, post-colonialism, feminism, post-structuralism, the post-dramatic, cultural materialism etc. You will also be exposed to a range of theatre forms in order to examine the tripartite relationship between socio-historical contexts, formal and aesthetic innovation in the theatre, and the political implications of performance.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5