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Australian Theatre and Performance (ENGL40020)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeENGL40020
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is a study of Australian performing arts from 1960 to the present with a special focus on the shift from national drama to diversity, and from drama to performance, framed by the changing landscape of Australian culture. We read selected plays in relation to context, genre, and performance history; view DVDs of live performance; engage in online and library-based archival research; undertake detailed textual and performance analysis; and investigate the role of performance as a mediation of cultural life. The subject is arranged in sections including a single-author study of Patrick White; the New Wave of the 1970s; Indigenous Dramatists such as Jack Davis and Jane Harrison; the 21st Century stage including Lally Katz; and postdramatic theatre including Back to Back Theatre and Version 1.0.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • apply interdisciplinary methodologies drawing on aesthetic, cultural, social and economic perspectives to inform an understanding of the creation of dramatic literature and performance;
  • understand how Australian drama is an expression of culture and society;
  • broaden the understanding of contemporary drama and performance in the contemporary period; and
  • debate the contribution of the arts to society.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subejct, students will gain the following generic skills:

  • the ability to prepare and present their ideas in both verbal and written mode to an advanced level and in conformity to conventions of academic presentation;
  • the ability to participate in discussion and group activities and be sensitive to the participation of others;
  • the ability to apply creative and critical thinking in the analysis of artistic works;
  • the ability to manage time effectively in the completion of assessment tasks; and
  • able to access a broad range of resource material, including traditional text, art works and electronic media.

Last updated: 11 November 2018