Advanced seminar: HS: Staging the Ecological Crisis: Eco-drama in Contemporary British Theatre - Details
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Semester SS 2021
Current number of participants 10
expected number of participants 20
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Tue , 13.04.2021 14:15 - 15:45
Type/Form Bitte beachten Sie: Dieses Hauptseminar ist nur für Studierende der Master- und Lehramtsstudiengänge geöffnet, nicht aber für Bachelor-Studierende!
Pre-requisites Einführung in die Literaturwissenschaft
Performance record Regular attendance and active participation; thesis paragraphs, written term paper.
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
ECTS points 8-10

Course location / Course dates

n.a Tuesday: 14:15 - 15:45, weekly

Module assignments


Far-reaching ecological change is one of the most urgent social and political topics of our times. As scientists have increasingly taken to calling our current geological epoch the Anthropocene – a name that is supposed to reflect the fact that humans have begun to significantly shape the Earth’s surface – questions of human agency and its impact on the natural world we live in are becoming more pressing in science, but also in broader society (evidenced in climate protest movements like Fridays for Future), politics and, as a consequence, in the arts. While ecocriticism, the theoretical discipline that focuses on the ecological potential of literary texts, has so far predominantly focused on narrative and poetry, in recent years a number of contemporary playwrights have begun to address the ecological crisis.
In this course we will look at ways in which contemporary British theatre and drama tackle the ecological crisis: what aesthetic strategies are used to present the complex realities of climate change – a long-term development seemingly ill-suited for the dramatic mode – and social debates surrounding the environment? Can plays be effective in changing the audience’s perspective (and if so, how?) or is the political impact of theatre inherently limited since it may be ‘preaching to the converted’, i.e. primarily address those who are already aware of ecological challenges and convinced of the need for action to tackle them? In what ways do the plays link questions of ecology with other social problems such as race and gender inequality or economic inequality?

A list of plays to be read in class will be announced here in due course. Students must get hold of their own copies of the plays; theoretical texts will be made available on Digicampus.

One of the regular Zoom sessions will be replaced with the opportunity for students to attend the online conference on “Critical Theatre Ecologies” that will be hosted by the University of Augsburg in early June (see www.uni-augsburg.de/cde2020).

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