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TH320 - Intercultural Theatre Practices - 2017-18


This module sets out to look at the implications of contemporary intercultural performance practice in the context of globalisation in terms of form, focus, ideological and ethical implications.

The learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of the module students should be able to:
- demonstrate a critical analysis of cultural differences and to examine the processes of their mediation through the various cultures;
- articulate an understanding of the concepts of (1) cultural in relation to identity and aesthetics, (2) the difference between inter- and multiculturalism, and (3) the impact of cultural imperialism and globalisation in relation to theatre production
- analyse how theatre as a form can both reflect and challenge ideas of cultural representation and expression
- engage in research-led investigation of these ideas in both primary and secondary material and communicate their findings both orally and in writing.

We will explore the course through
• focussed reading of primary and secondary material for each tutorial session
• group discussion and presentation, including visual material and textual analysis
• research in small groups for presentation in class
• some practical class work
• Two written assessments (essay & critique) over the two semesters and an examination in the form of a research presentation

Questions we will explore in seminars will include
• What is culture, and how is it constructed? (This will include exploring the construction of cultural hegemony, a collective ideology and aesthetics). Here we will specifically be looking at Patrice Pavis’s introduction to the Intercultural Performance Reader, looking at the various approaches to culture and exploring the implications of these approaches, particularly in relation to globalisation.
• We then turn to looking at the implications of such construction of culture for the way we represent ourselves as a group – either as an essentialist discourse (exclusively) or as a constructivist discourse (inclusively). This notion of representation includes the negotiation of identity – both personal and collective. This, in turn, leads us to ask how a multi-cultural context, as the world has become in the global context, affects the expression of this complex identity in performance?
• If we are working across cultures, languages and contexts, how do the issues of translation, appropriation, and representation affect intercultural performance practice?
• What is the relationship between the postcolonial and intercultural in the context of globalisation and media?
These ideas will be explored against actual examples of interactions between Asia, Africa and Europe in twentieth century film and theatre.

Pre-read - Ric Knowles, 2010. Theatre & Interculturalism. (Palgrave Macmillan) – overview.

Convenor: Yvette Hutchison (Y dot A dot Hutchison at warwick dot ac dot uk)

Class Times:
Tuesday - 12.30-14.30

Assessment [50% examined]
30% - Essay (3000 words) [LINK FOR ESUBMISSION]
50% - Examined Seminar Presentation
20% - Critical Review [LINK FOR ESUBMISSION]

Further Info
Schedule 2017-18
Reading List
Generic Assessment Criteria for Practice
Assessment Criteria/Titles
Assessment Deadlines
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