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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - THE6175
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-09-03
  2. Department: Theatre & Dance
  3. College: FA
  4. Budget Account Number: 2403-000-00
  5. Contact Person: Dr. Denis Calandra
  6. Phone: 9749118
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: THE
  9. Number: 6175
  10. Full Title: New British Theatre & Drama
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): New British Theatre and Drama
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or CI
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: A study of contemporary theatrical practice and key dramatic texts in the British Isles. Departmental permit required of majors and non-majors.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course will form part of the master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing curriculum, which was approved by the Board of Regents in January 2001. It will also compliment the endowed British International Theatre Program.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? MFA in Dramatic Writing (THE) is in process of development. This course could be of use to department of English and Communication.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes. Once.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Minimum qualification is Master of Fine Arts. Preferred qualification in Ph.D.
  29. Objectives: To help students: 1. become familiar with the key artistic, intellectual, and social issues which have shaped recent British theatre. 2. develop an understanding of the aesthetic structure of recent British plays by working through them in performance. 3.accumulate a body of information about the varieties of theatrical practice in Britain. 4 acquire a familiarity with a broad range of dramatic/theatrical texts in the recent British repertoire. 5. sharpen research skills which connect ideas and theatrical practice.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. The ability to write graduate level critical analyses of

    contemporary English plays. 2. The ability to articulate the cultural and social contextual issurs which have a bearing on contemporary English drama. 3. The ability to stage minimal scenes from contemporary English drama style

    appropriate to the material. 4. The ability to describe a roughly 15 year historical curve in the aesthetic and theory of drama as manifested in the most innovative contemporary English theatrical institutions. 5. The ability to use secondary sources to write a 20 page research paper on recent British theatre.

  31. Major Topics: 1. Post World War II British Theatre: tradition, classand the theatre. 2. Major institutions and significant alternative companies. 3. Drama and social upheaval. 4. Censorship and the theatre. 5. The ideologies of experimental form: radical politics; feminism; the avant garde. 6. Britain's past and Britain's devolving present:the Irish/Scots/Welsh and the stage; British Black African and Caribbean Drama. 7. New theatre and other arts amd media. 8. Shock fest theatre: sexual politics; sub-culture theatre; critical response. 9. Significant trends on the British performance horizon.
  32. Textbooks: Plays:Look Back in Anger, John Osborne. Saved, Edward Bond. Top Girls, Caryl Churchill. Trainspotting, Harry Gibson(from Irvine Welsh). Blasted, Sarah Kane. Mojo, Jez Butterworth. One Flea Spare, Naomi Wallace. Closer, Patrick Marber. Blue/Orange, Joe Penhall. Incarcerator, Torben Betts. The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Steven Berkoff. Gertude, Howard Barker. Seven Lears, Howard Barker. Hard Fruit, Jim Cartwright OTHER TEXTS: New Theatre Quarterly (journal). Arguments for the Theatre, Howard Barker. Contemporary Britain, John Oakland. The English, Jeremy Paxman. Contemporary British.
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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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