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‘The Author Dies Hard’ Presentation (Exam 50%)

Date of the Exam: Dec 7th (starting at 10am – class time)

Rehearsal Dates: Please book studio with Kate when available if you need to. No tech/ or very low tech.

In groups of 3-5 you need to lead us through an interactive presentation of research you have conducted on one of the questions that have emerged from your engagement with the topic of ‘death of the author’. The presentation can take the form of seminar (using posters, powerpoint, film-clips, etc.)/ or a structured workshop/ or a performative response/ an installation/ or a combination of these forms. Each presentation, regardless of its form, should include discussion/debate that you will be facilitating. The presentation strategies should be used as means of provoking dialogue and discussion on your chosen topic. The length for presentation (including discussion) will be up to 20 minutes per group (although some slight variations might be necessary depending on the group size and the nature of the work)

Criteria for assessment:

- evidence of significant research on your chosen topic/issue

- contextualisation of your topic within some of the key themes and questions raised in the module

- awareness and application of theoretical notions appropriate for the chosen topic (if performance is the mode of your presentation, this can be implicitly embedded in your strategies and/or part of your supporting material)

- sufficient problemtising of the chosen topic and related concepts for and with your audience

- good interaction with your audience (i.e. facilitation of discussion)

Possible issues you may address in relation to specific case studies from the module or of your own choosing: - ‘death of the author’ as a move against authority

- what does ‘death of the author’ mean in theatre and performance?

- audience/reception

– the ‘birth of the reader’

- gender and the authorial figure

- authorial presence in text and performance

- writing/ dramatizing/performing the author

- intertextuality/ interthetaricality

- presence and absence

- ethics and death of the author

Critical Review (25%): 1500 words Due: week 11 (one hard copy & one on-line copy)

The critical review is directly related to your final project (exam) and it should aim to fullfill the following:

- contextualise your project in relation to main considerations and relevant case studies addressed in the module

- if appropriate, contextualise your project within a specific social-political and cultural framework

- document your research in relation to the group as a whole through references and bibliography

- reflect on how and why you chose to focus on your research topic as you did in the presentation

- analyse the relationship between different stages of the process: research – working process – presentation itself in relation to the module as a whole

- evaluate the outcomes of the process including the presentation, audience response and further questions that emerged

- if appropriate, consider how your project could be further developed

Rather than being descriptive and purely self-reflective, the critical review should provide analytical account of the presentation and its critical context. Your submission may also include research data, photographs, visual material, and any other documentation central to your process. You are strongly encouraged to make notes during your process and right after the presentation as a basis for your critical evaluation.