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RU3043   Theatre and Performance in Twentieth-Century

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass RU2002 or pass RU2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 seminars and 1 surgery hour. 2 hours film viewing over the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 18

Guided independent study hours: 132

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr J Gardiner