Postgraduate Course: Russian Theatre: From the Modernist Impulse to the Present (ELCC11015)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||European Languages and Cultures - Common Courses
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||The outline of the course:
Week 1. Introduction: Konstantin Stanislavsky as the main innovator of actor training,
Stanislavsky&©s system of acting and Malyi Theatre.
Week 2: Chekhov&©s play &«Three Sisters&ª and its Russian and English productions.
Week3-4: Nikolai Evreinov&©s vision of 20th-century monodrama and his concept of
theatricality in everyday life. Evreinov&©s play &«The Chief Thing&ª (1921), its links with
commedia dell&©arte, Graig&©s monodrama, Ballet Russe and cabaret modernist
performances in Russia and France. Edith Craig&©s productions of Evreinov&©s plays
Week 5: Michael Chekhov as Actor, Teacher and Director in Russia and in the West:
Chekhov as Hamlet in the Malyi Theatre&©s second production of Shakespeare&©s
&«Hamlet&ª; Chekhov&©s theosophical mystery pantomime &«The Castle Awakens&ª
(1931); Chekhov&©s book On the Technique of Acting; Chekhov&©s training of actors in
the USA and England (Dartington Hall in Devon), and his acting in Alfred
Hitchcock&©s Spellbound (1945).
Week 6$ú7: Russian Futurist Theatre: from the Futurist Opera &«Victory Over the Sun&ª
(1912) to Vladimir Mayakovsky&©s plays. Meyerhold&©s production of Mayakovsky&©s
satirical play &«Mystery-Bouffe&ª (1921) and the Soviet Utopia.
Week 8: Russian Constructivism and Sergey Tretyakov&©s play &«I want a Baby&ª
(1926). Tretyakov&©s vision of the discussion play and Brecht&©s drama.
Week 9: Yuri Liubimov&©s Taganka theatre and the legacy of the Russian avant-garde.
Lyubimov&©s production of Dostoevsky&©s The Devils by the Almeida Theatre
Company in London : &«The Possessed: A Dramatic Adaptation of Dostoevsky&©s
Novel&ª (1985). (The discussion of the video recording.)
Week10: Russian and European Drama through the Lens of The Postmodernist Irony:
Petrushevskya&©s play &«Three Girls in Blue&ª (1985); Petr Fomenko&©s adaptations of
Pushkin&©s and Tolstoy&©s works; Roman Viktiuk&©s production of Oscar Wilde&©s
&«Salome&ª (1998) and Evgeny Panfilov&©s one-act ballet fantasy &«A Cage for Two
Parrots&ª (1992; 2005) (that uses Shchedrin&©s version of Bizet&©s music for &«Carmen&ª)
as a philosophical parable which redefines the avant-garde vision of the actor as
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2011/12 Flexible, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||WebCT enabled: Yes
|Central||Lecture||14-24|| 10:00 - 12:00|
||First class information not currently available|
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|The course will enable students to enhance their skills of theatrical, literary and
contextual analysis. Students will develop a critical understanding of different genres
and socio-political contexts in which the plays and productions occurred, and they
will be able to have a clear understanding of the aesthetic experiments of the Russian
avant-garde and their links with other European and American modernist
developments that took place in the 20th century. By the end of the course, students
will be able to analyse the complex relationship between cultural and political
context; engage with primary and secondary sources in a critical manner; develop
their comparative studies skills, and demonstrate their research skills. The course will
broaden students&© knowledge of the correlation between theory and practice of
|One 4,000 word essay to be submitted as specified in the programme handbook|
||A. Main Texts:
* Stanislavsky, Constantin. Creating a Role, [translated by Elizabeth Reynolds
Hapgood], London, Mentor. The New English Library, 1968. (some passages)
* Chekhov, Anton. &«Three Sisters&ª, in Chekhov, Anton. Plays, [translated by
Elisaveta Fen], London: Penguin Books, pp.247-330.
* Evreinov, Nikolai. The Chief Thing. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1926.
* The Theatre in Life. Trans. Alexander I. Nazaroff. New York: Brentano, 1927.
* Mayakovsky, Vladimir. &«Mystery-Bouffe&ª, in The Complete Plays of Vladimir
Mayakovsky. Trans. Guy Daniels. New York: Washington Square Press, 1968, pp.39-
* Meyerhold, V.E. Meyerhold on Theatre. Translated and edited by Edward Braun.
London: Methuen,1969. (some passages)
* Tretyakov, Sergei. I Want a Baby, [translated by Robert Leach], Birmingham:
Birmingham University Press, 1995.
* Chekhov, Michael. On the Technique of Acting, New York: Harper Collins
Publishers, 1993. (some passages).
* Dostoevsky, Fedor. The Devils, [translated by David Magarshak], Harmondsworth,
Middlesex, England: Penguin, 1969.
* Petrushevskaya, Ludmila. &«Three Girls in Blue&ª, in Cinzano: Eleven Plays,
[translated by Stephen Mulrine], Nick Hern Books, 1991.
|Course organiser||Dr Alexandra Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 1381
|Course secretary||Ms Heather Elliott
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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