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EN107 - British Theatre Since 1939

  • Module code: EN107
  • Module name: British Theatre Since 1939
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module will serve both as an introduction to contemporary theatre and as a first investigation of the relationship between literary texts and the conditions of performance. Major plays of the period will be studied in their own right but also as examples of trends and developments in the period. Design, theatrical architecture, performance styles, organisations and repertoires will be studied, with special attention to assumptions concerning the social role of the drama. Where possible, texts will be related to specific productions. Writers studied will normally include: John Osborne, Arnold Wesker, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Edward Bond, Caryl Churchill, Brian Friel.

Principal learning outcomes

Aims of the Module: 1. To examine post-war dramatic writing in the UK and consider the social, political and philosophical ideas of leading playwrights:2. To discuss a range of modern British plays in their historical contexts;3.To consider the relationship between playwrights and the work of significant theatre companies and directors; 4. To study plays both as literature and as texts for performance; 5. To assist students to develop their analytical skills and the ability to develop coherent arguments in essays.

Timetabled teaching activities

Teaching is seminar-based, with weekly 1œ-hour sessions, plus regular video screenings (see video schedule).

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Other essential notes

This module is compulsory for first year English and Theatre Studies students.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN107-30)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 33.4%
Assessed Course Work 33.4%
Assessed Course Work 33.4%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 1
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