Introductory seminar course: PS: Trends in Theatre After 1950 - Details
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Course name Introductory seminar course: PS: Trends in Theatre After 1950
Semester WS 2022/23
Current number of participants 28
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Introductory seminar course in category Teaching
First date Tue., 18.10.2022 11:45 - 13:15, Room: (D 2127)
Performance record guided discussion or thesis paragraphs, portfolio/research essay
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Miscellanea *EAS-1411*:
If you are allotted to this course you will automatically be signed up for the corresponding Übung "Drama Analysis". Be sure to keep this slot free in your timetable.

If you are wrongly allotted to the Übung, please make sure to sign out of it, in order to open up the slot for your fellow students.
ECTS points 6

Course location / Course dates

(D 2127) Tuesday: 11:45 - 13:15, weekly (14x)


In this course we will investigate the historical development of drama and performance from 1950 onwards. Several plays will be analysed from authors like Samuel Beckett, John Osborne, Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill, Martin Crimp or Sarah Kane to exemplify the different trends arising in that period. The aim of this course is to give a broad overview of the different styles and aesthetics of the theatre after 1950, starting with Berthold Brecht. The analysis of several plays will thus be combined with additional discussions on theatre trends like Epic Theatre, the Theatre of the Absurd, the Angry Young Men, In-Yer-Face Theatre or the Postdramatic Theatre. We will also discuss and apply the most essential concepts of drama analysis, like methods of figure characterization, the categories of time and space and contemporary discussions concerning the relation between text and performance.

The course will be reading-intensive and students will be expected to be familiar not only with the primary texts but also with the theory essays. All relevant theoretical texts will be made available through digicampus and students are expected to buy their own copies of the plays we read in this course.

Please note: some of the plays we discuss contain very explicit language, physical assault, violence, rape and other forms of sexual violence, emotional abuse, racism, self-harm and other descriptions that some readers might find upsetting.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ALW/ELW/NELK: Aufbaumodul BA/LA: PS".
Studierende der Anglistik/Amerikanistik und des Faches Englisch können sich bereits während der vorgezogenen Anmeldephase zur Sicherstellung des Studienfortschritts für die Aufbau- und Vertiefungsmodule anmelden. Hierzu wird ein gewisses Kontingent der Kursplätze im Zeitraum vom 22.08.2022 bis 31.08.2022 für die Anmeldung geöffnet.
Bitte beachten Sie, dass in dieser Anmeldephase Studierende in höheren Fachsemestern bei der Verteilung der Plätze priorisiert werden. Die allgemeine Anmeldephase beginnt am 05.09.2022 und endet am 10.10.2022.
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 05.09.2022, 08:00 to 10.10.2022, 12:00.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 10.10.2022 on 12:05. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
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