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Pantomime, Culture and Ideology

Module Code: TH229
Module Name: Pantomime, Culture and Ideology
Module Credits: 15

This module option will commence with a discussion of pantomime today. We will then look at the origins of the British pantomime tradition in the commedia del arte, the development of English pantomime in the eighteenth century, Regency pantomime (when the clown, Grimaldi, became prominent), and Victorian pantomime, when the modern form we know today began to emerge from music hall, melodrama and burlesque. Finally, we will return to the twentieth-twenty-first centuries. A particular emphasis of this option will be on pantomime’s social, cultural and ideological functions and on its treatment of issues such as race, gender and class.

Class Location and Time (Term 1)

TUESDAY 1330-1530 G52

Department Timetables


60% - Essay (3000 words) [LINK FOR ESUBMISSION]
20% - Assessed Seminar Presentation [LINK FOR ESUBMISSION]
20% - Written Portfolio [LINK FOR ESUBMISSION]

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