Postgraduate Course: Naturalist Theatre, 1880-1920 (ENLI11144)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course explores the movement of Naturalism in drama in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Naturalist dramatists aimed to establish a theatre in which the significant issues and ideas of the day could be properly aired: their work consciously drew on new theories advanced by such thinkers as Darwin, Marx and Charcot about the sources life, about the effects of heredity, about politics, society, and psychology. This new kind of play, demanded a new kind of staging and acting, designed to reflect to audiences an illusion of actual contemporary life. Starting from the development of Naturalist theatre in Europe, influenced by Zola, Strindberg, Ibsen, the course will investigate the powerful impact in Britain on drama and on theatre practice of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
*This course is taught jointly with undergraduate students and consequently postgraduate places are limited
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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| Students who successfully complete this course will
* develop a wide knowledge of the dramatic literature, theory and staging practice of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
* enhance their understanding of the interaction between theatre and the intellectual currents of its day.
* extend their critical understanding of the complementary roles of playtexts and staging practice in the generation of meaning in theatre.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Sarah Carpenter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3608
|Course secretary||Ms Natalie Lankester-Carthy