School of English and Drama

Culture Wars

Module code: DRA345

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Thursday 9 am - 10 am
  • Semester 1: Thursday 10 am - 11 am

Contact: Dr Dominic Johnson
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Culture Wars introduces students to critical strategies for analysing performances and related events in the twentieth century that have been accompanied by controversies. Such works have often been accompanied by: outcry, scandal, and moral indignation; calls for censorship; charges of obscenity; moral panic; iconoclasm; and disgust, taboo, or stigma. Students will explore landmark controversial works in detail, and carry out research into the critical, legal, and public responses they garnered. The module focuses on arts and culture in the UK and the US since the 1950s. Theatrical works will be read closely alongside major works in other forms, including experimental film, poetry, and the visual arts. The module is interdiscipinary in nature, and explores how challenging works raise questions about the social and cultural contexts from which they emerge, in the intersections between performance cultures, literary cultures, and visual cultures.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6