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Theatre & Ideology: Exilic Perspectives

Module Code: TH304
Module Name: Theatre & Ideology: Exilic Perspectives
Module Credits: 30

Time: Wednesday 11am - 1pm

Module Description

This module explores the experience of exile in the 20th and 21st century as rendered in drama, performance, film, and critical theory from the most recent refugee crisis to historical exilic experiences and the notion of internal exile. It asks:

• How is today’s world shaped through the experience of exile and how do artistic and cultural responses further illuminate and problematize exilic issues?

• How does refugee crisis and other forms of migration and displacement force us to rethink categories such as own and foreign, hospitality, citizenship rights, identity and belonging?

• How is exilic experience embodied through various dramaturgical forms in film and theatre and through performance?

• What is the relationship between aesthetics and agency? What are the ethical implications of representing exilic experience?

• How is exilic experience manifested through dramaturgy of language, body and space?

• In the context of exile, how do performance and other artistic practices enable the possibility of turning the trauma of displacement into a creative force?

We will examine a range of plays, films, performance works, and relevant critical theory to tackle this questions in a variety of modes both in the classroom sessions and through varied forms of assessment. These modes include:

• in depth reading, analysis and discussions of case studies and critical texts

• workshop strategies (i.e. debate groups, usage of images and objects as stimulus, mind-maps)

• usage of performance practices and devices as a means of understanding and reflecting upon concepts and issues arising from the given material

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module students will be able to

• Describe, interpret and evaluate exilic aspects as political, social, conceptual and aesthetic features in theatre, drama and performance

• Describe, interpreter and evaluate dramatic and theatrical strategies used to bring forth the exilic aspects of the work

• Demonstrate the capacity to understand and apply interdiscipliery critical theory in analyzing exilic theater and drama

• To be able to understand and reflect on issues of exile though both scholarly work and practice

Department Timetables


10% - Workshop/Presentation
20% - Essay (3000 words) [LINK FOR ESUBMISSION]
20% - Critical Review [LINK FOR ESUBMISSION]
50% - Performance Exam

Full Assessment Criteria
Departmental Assessment Deadlines