Advanced seminar: Affect and Contemporary Theatre - Details
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General information

Semester WS 2019/20
Current number of participants 7
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Tue , 22.10.2019 17:30 - 19:00, Room: (D, 1003)
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
Literaturhinweise • A reader containing relevant secondary material will be provided in the first session.
• A detailed reading list will be made available at the beginning of term.
ECTS points 8-10

Course location / Course dates

(D, 1003) Tuesday: 17:30 - 19:00, weekly (14x)

Module assignments


The 21st century has seen a growing interest in examining the interface between drama, theatre and affect(s). Existing literature in the field includes historical studies as much as more transhistorical surveys and contemporary approaches; among the latter, the focus on performance, live art, dance and/or applied/activist/socially engaged modes is preeminent.
The starting point for us is that there is an important contribution to be made to this critical landscape if we turn our attention to (a) the relevance and the workings of affect in script-led theatre alongside other theatre practices, and (b) the specific context of 21st-century Britain. Turning to playwright’s theatre or new writing, the volume seeks to identify the ways in which affect is part of the poetics of the texts and how performance brings about (these and other) affective structures.
The seminar will give students introductory insights into major examples of affect theory and, then, exemplify affective structures such as "happiness", "disgust", "empathy", "hope", "despair" and their material force in a critical analysis of the following plays:
- Martin Crimp, In the Republic of Happiness.
- Lucy Kirkwood, The Children.
- Zinnie Harris, How to Hold Your Breath.
- Mike Bartlett, Game.
- Tim Crouch/Andy Smith, What Happened to the Hope at the End of the Evening.

Theoretical material and all the plays/playscripts will be made available online for the participants of the seminar.

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The course is part of admission "ELW/ ALW/ NELK: MA/ LA Aufbaumodul (HS)".
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