Exercises: Ü Contemporary Drama and the Political - Details
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General information

Semester SS 2022
Current number of participants 10
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
Next date Wed , 29.06.2022 11:45 - 13:15, Room: (D 1011)
Learning organization regular attendance, short presentation, final exam
Performance record Portfolio
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise A reader with assorted texts will be provided on Digicampus.
ECTS points 2-4

Course location / Course dates

(D 1011) Wednesday: 11:45 - 13:15, weekly (13x)
(D 1003) Wednesday: 11:45 - 13:15, weekly (1x)

Module assignments


Theatre and drama, as perhaps all art forms, are political: they frequently put on stage and comment on topics of social or political importance and often they seem to advocate, either explicitly or implicitly, political action. However, there is ongoing scholarly debate on how, or whether at all, theatre (and art in general) may effect change in the political behaviour of audiences.
In this course we will discuss some of the theoretical positions on politics and theatre/art, ranging from advocates for direct political messaging to voices like that of French philosopher Jacques Rancière, who expresses a general scepticism whether art can ever have immediate and predictable political effect. We will read a number of 21st-century plays to investigate how they approach political topics such as climate change, racism, social inequality, or terrorism. And we will discuss the aesthetic strategies these plays pursue to address political topics.
Overall, the aim of this course is to give students an overview of the political landscape of 21st-century (British) theatre and to make them familiar with some of the discussions on theatre/art and politics.

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The course is part of admission "Beschränkte Teilnehmendenanzahl: Ü tba".
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