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RU3043 Theatre and Performance in Twentieth-Century

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module examines theories and practices of theatre and performance through study of major Russian dramatists, composers and directors. In particular, the module considers the ways in which tensions between psychological realism and festive theatricality, Stanislavsky's and Meyerhold's rival directorial principles, come to bear on 20th century Russian and Soviet drama. The module draws on a variety of media and cultural texts including drama, (rock)opera and silent film. Texts are analysed in their cultural contexts and assessed as both a reflection of contemporary concerns and politics and an attempt to influence and shape them. Students will explore visual languages of the stage by considering usage of theatrical space, set and costume design as an integral part of performance. Negotiation, interpretation and translation of text onto stage will be addressed through study of iconic productions.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Russian

UG Pre-requisite(s):Permission of the Russian Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 seminars and 1 surgery hour. 2 hours film viewing over the semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 18
  • Guided independent study: 132

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J Gardiner
Module teaching staff:Dr J Gardiner