Module Details

Module Code: CULT H8032
Full Title: Twentieth Century Drama in the United States of America
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 5
Module Owner:: Fiona Fearon
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: The aim of this module is to explore the history and practice of twentieth century drama in the United States of America, with particular reference to a number of key playwrights and their work. American theatre practice has been hugely influential on the development of the film industry, and is therefore probably more widely known on a world basis than any other continent’s drama. Students will achieve a detailed understanding of the foundations of North American theatre and its contemporary influences.
 
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Evaluate the main themes and practices of Twentieth Century Drama in the United States of America
MLO2 Analyse performance practice in American Drama
MLO3 Perform an in-depth analysis of a number of key American plays
MLO4 Critically reflect on their own learning in practice based workshops
MLO5 Write effectively displaying academic rigour
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Module Indicative Content
Key themes in Early 20th Century American Drama
The American Dream; Tragedy and family drama: Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Sam Shepherd
Race and Representation
The American Musical Theatre, Black and Hispanic theatre, Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson
Representation and Gender
Lillian Hellman, Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell, Lorraine Hansberry, Wendy Wasserstein, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Sam Shepherd and David Mamet
Theatrical Style in American Drama
Realism and naturalism; the emergence of an authentic American voice in drama; realism in acting as developed and practice in America: Method and Movements away form the Method; Non-Realistic movements: Expressionism and Eugene O’Neill; Absurdism and Edward Albee; Tony Kushner and Sam Shepard and Post-Modernism
Key Plays that might be discussed:
O'Neill, 'Long Day's Journey into Night'; Tennessee Williams, 'Streetcar Named Desire'; Arthur Miller, 'Death of a Salesman': Edward Albee, 'American Dream'; Sam Shepard, 'Buried Child'; David Mamet, 'Glengarry Glen Ross'; Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, Tony Kushner, Wendy Wasserstein
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation
 

Assessments

Full Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 11 Learning Outcome 1,2,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Essays will be chosen from a list of titles which addresses the areas covered by the module; approx. 1500 words
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
2 x Log Books which discuss the practical work in the workshops, responding to key questions discussed in class. Two plays from the first half of the semester should be discussed in Log Book 1, submitted Week 7, and Log Book 2 is to be submitted in Week 14; approx. 1500 words
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 5 Learning Outcome 1,3,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Take Home Unseen Text Analysis
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination

Part Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Essay % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 11 Learning Outcome 1,2,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Essays will be chosen from a list of titles which addresses the areas covered by the module; approx. 1500 words
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 40
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing n/a Learning Outcome 2,3,4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
2 x Log Books which discuss the practical work in the workshops, responding to key questions discussed in class. Two plays from the first half of the semester should be discussed in Log Book 1, submitted Week 7, and Log Book 2 is to be submitted in Week 14; approx. 1500 words
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 5 Learning Outcome 1,3,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Take Home Unseen Text Analysis
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 2.00 2
Practical Contact Drama Workshop Every Week 1.00 1
Directed Reading Non Contact Students should read selected plays from the reading list Every Week 3.00 3
Independent Study Non Contact Students should engage with secondary reading on themes and issues addressed in lectures Every Week 3.00 3
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.00 1
Practical Contact Drama Workshop Every Week 1.00 1
Directed Reading Non Contact Students should read selected plays from the reading list Every Week 4.00 4
Independent Study Non Contact Students should engage with secondary reading on themes and issues addressed in lecturesNo Description Every Week 3.00 3
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
 
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Bigsby, C.W.E. (1982), American Theatre: 3 Volumes, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Bigsby, C.W.E. (2000), Modern American Drama 1945-2000, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Middike, Martin, Peter Paul Schnierer, Christopher Innes, Matthew Roudané, eds.,. (2014), The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary American Playwrights, Methuen, London.
  • Saddick, Annette. (2007), Contemporary American Drama, Edinburugh University Press, Edinburugh.
  • Wilmeth, Don B, ed. (2007), Cambridge Guide to American Theatre, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources