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Global theatre history represents a rich source of ideas about performance, cultural difference and historical change. This subject aims to engage with the material culture of theatre history by examining theatre objects that produce the effects of illusion and dramatic excitement. With a focus on trans-historical and transcultural exchange, key examples might include Greek masks and costumes, Renaissance stage machinery, Japanese theatre, Indonesian shadow puppetry, or indigenous body markings. It will require students to engage in original research with cultural collections, theatre companies and online materials while developing a critical narrative about what constitutes a global theatre history.
Intended learning outcomes
Students that successfully complete this subject will:
- understand how material culture has shaped the aesthetics of theatre in a selected range of cultural and historical settings;
- be able to identify and use critical ideas and historical practices in order to locate theatre production within specific social, historical and theoretical contexts; and
- be able to conduct independent research using online resources, theatre programs and bibliographical indexes.
Last updated: 16 March 2020