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RU3043   Theatre and Performance in Twentieth-Century Russia

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module is designed to build on the knowledge of Russian literature and culture acquired at sub-honours level, with particular focus on the ground-breaking contribution made by Russian dramatists, directors and practitioners to theatre and performance in the twentieth century. Students will study key dramatic texts as well as their staging in society, engaging with the theory and practice of highly influential directors such as Vsevolod Meyerhold and Konstantin Stanislavsky, and taking into consideration choreography, music, set design and audience reception as vital components of a production. The module will examine the way political concerns and censorship impacted on the creation of Russian theatre and consider how competing visions of new identities, lifestyles and values were depicted on the stage. The syllabus will include works by authors such as Anton Chekhov, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Alexander Vampilov and Liudmila Petrushevskaya.

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