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  1. LibGuides: Online Library Support and Resources for Your Subject 1 item
  2. WEEK 0 - Introduction to the Module 4 items
    1. Core Reading 3 items
      To be done before the lecture, and discussed in reading groups and seminar session:
      1. Reading the Material Theatre - Richard Paul Knowles 2004

        Book Essential Read (skim) Chapter 2 - 'Practice: Conditions of Production and Reception'

    2. Further Reading 1 item
      1. Performance Analysis: An Introductory Coursebook - Colin Counsell, Laurie Wolf 2001 (electronic resource)

        Book 

  3. WEEK 1 - Cultural Materialism (Jerri Daboo) 15 items
    1. Core Reading 4 items
      1. Re-Imagining Cultural Studies: The Promise of Cultural Materialism - Andrew Milner 2002 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Read Chapter 4 - 'Theorising Culture'

    2. Further Reading 11 items
      1. Re-Imagining Cultural Studies: The Promise of Cultural Materialism - Andrew Milner 2002 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Chapter 3 - 'From Culture to Society'

      2. Marxism and Literary Criticism - Terry Eagleton 1992 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      3. Critical Practice - Catherine Belsey 2002 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Chapter 8 - 'Towards a Productive Critical Practice'

      4. Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality: Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism - Alan Sinfield 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book  Especially Chapter 1 - 'Unfinished Business: Problems in Cultural Materialism'

      5. The Consumption of Inequality: Weapons of Mass Distraction - Karen Bettez Halnon 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book  Particularly, the Introduction ('Weapons of Mass Distraction), Chapter 1 ('Financial Crisis, Ideology, and Alienation') and Chapter 3 ('Prison Chic'). The Conclusion will be helpful for essay writing ('Tourists, Victims, and Deadening Others')

      6. Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction - John Storey 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book  Especially Chapter 3 - 'Culturalism' if you'd like to contextualise this approach more fully

      7. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory - Peter Barry 1995

        Book Suggested for student purchase This is a helpful book for the whole module, but offers a good overview in its 'New Historicisms and Cultural Materialism' chapter. This is worth buying.

      8. New Historicism and Cultural Materialism - John Brannigan 1998

        Book 

      9. Doing Research in Cultural Studies: An Introduction to Classical and New Methodological Approaches - Paula Saukko 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book  Especially Chapter 1 ('Combining Methodologies in Cultural Studies') and Chapter 5 ('Reading Ideology')

  4. WEEK 2 - 'Do You Hear The People Sing?' Megamusicals and Cultural Materialism (Jerri Daboo) 23 items
    1. Core Reading 2 items
      To be done before the lecture:
      1. The Cambridge Companion to the Musical - William A. Everett, Paul R. Laird 2008

        Book Essential Read Chapter 14 - 'The Megamusical: The Creation, Internationalisation and Impact of a Genre' by Paul Prece and William A. Everett

      2. Journal of Musicological Research (Vol. 23: 3-4) 2004

        Journal  Find and read 'Fallen Woman Redeemed: Eliot, Victorianism, and Opera in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats' by Kathryn Lowerre, pp. 289-314 (Vol. 23:3-4, 2004)

    2. Musicals you can write your essay on:

       

      • Cats
      • Phantom of the Opera
      • Les Miserables
      • The Lion King
      • Aladdin

    3. Further Reading on Musicals: 18 items
      1. The Cambridge Companion to the Musical - William A. Everett, Paul R. Laird 2008

        Book 

      2. British Musical Theatre Since 1950 - Robert Gordon, Olaf Jubin, Millie Taylor 2016 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      3. Theatre & Globalization - Dan Rebellato 2009

        Book 

      4. Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment - Millie Taylor 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book 

    4. Programmes on Box Of Broadcasts 2 items
      1. Box of Broadcasts - British Film and Video Council (electronic resource)

        Audio-visual document  Find and watch the programmes listed below. If you have not used BoB before you will need to set up a free account.

        •  'The Story of Musicals' – BBC4, 2016 (particularly Episode 2)
        •  'The South Bank Show Revisited: Andrew Lloyd Webber' - ITV, 2010
        •  'The Phantom Phenomenon' - BBC Radio 2, 2011
        •  'Front Row' - BBC Radio 4, Monday 9th April 2012 (on theatre producers including Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Sonia Friedman etc, about creating hit musicals) 
        •  'Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream' - BBC Four, 2012

  5. WEEK 3 - Reading Week 1 item
    1. No Lecture or Seminar Group.

       

      Assignment: Catch up on previous readings, and do the readings for the next week. Make sure you're keeping up with notes on the readings.

  6. WEEK 4 - Skills Development: Performance Analysis 4 items
    1. Core Reading 2 items
      To be done before the lecture, and discussed in reading groups and seminar session:
      1. Cloud Nine - Caryl Churchill 2013 (electronic resource)

        Document 

      2. Performance Analysis: An Introductory Coursebook - Colin Counsell, Laurie Wolf 2001 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Read Patrice Pavis Questionnaire, pp. 229-232

    2. Further Reading: 2 items
      1. The Theatre of Caryl Churchill - R. Darren Gobert 2014 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Chapter 3 - 'Identity and the Body'

  7. WEEK 5 - Feminism (Kara Reilly) 14 items
    1. Core Reading 2 items
      1. Feminism and Theatre - Sue-Ellen Case 1988

        Book Essential Read Chapter 1 - 'Traditional History: A Feminist Deconstruction'

      2. 'Introduction' [in] Unmaking Mimesis: Essays on Feminism and Theatre - Elin Diamond 1997

        Chapter Essential Elin Diamond, Introduction Unmaking Mimesis

    2. Further Reading 2 items
      1. Why Feminism Matters: Feminism Lost and Found - Kath Woodward, Sophie Woodward 2009 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Chapter 1 - 'Contemporary Voices: Starting Out'

      2. Gender & Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers - Chris Beasley 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Chapter 1 - 'Gender and Feminism: An Overview'

    3. Bibliography 10 items
      1. An Introduction to Feminism and Theatre - Elaine Aston 1995

        Book 

      2. Theatre and Feminism - Kim Solga 2015 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      3. Staging Femininities: Performance and Performativity - Geraldine Harris 1999

        Book 

      4. Unmarked: The Politics of Performance - Peggy Phelan 1993

        Book 

      5. Feminism and Sexuality: A Reader - Stevi Jackson, Sue Scott 1996

        Book 

      6. Feminisms - Judith Squires, Sandra Kemp 1997

        Book 

  8. WEEK 6 - Feminism and Adaptation (Kara Reilly) 6 items
    1. Core Reading 2 items
    2. Play/Performance Choices 4 items
      1. The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood 2005

        Book 

      2. The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood 2007

        Book 

      3. Peeling - Kaite O'Reilly 2002

        Book 

  9. WEEK 7 - Queer Theory (Bryan Brown) 14 items
    1. Core Reading 3 items
      To be done before the lecture, and discussed in reading groups and seminar session:
    2. Further Reading 11 items
      1. Feminist and Queer Performance: Critical Strategies - Sue-Ellen Case 2009

        Book 

      2. Black Looks: Race and Representation - bell hooks 2015 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Chapter 9 - 'Is Paris Burning?'

      3. Disidentifications: Queers of Colour and the Performance of Politics - José Esteban Muñoz 1999

        Book 

      4. Performativity and Performance - Andrew Parker, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick 1995 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Introduction - 'Performativity and Performance' by Andrew Parker and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

      5. Epistemology of the Closet - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick 2008

        Book 

      6. Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Adam Frank 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      7. The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory - Ellen Rooney 2006

        Book  Read Chapter 13 - 'Queer Politics, Queer Theory, and the Future of “Identity”: Spiralling out of Culture' by Berthold Schoene

  10. WEEK 8 - Gayropa and Contemporary Russian Theatre (Bryan Brown) 16 items
    1. Core Reading 4 items
      To be done before the lecture, and discussed in reading groups and seminar session:
      1. Other Russias: Homosexuality and the Crisis of Post-Soviet Identity - Brian James Baer 2009 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Read Chapter 1 - 'Russian Gays/Western Gaze'

      2. A Little Hero - Valeriy Pecheykin, Zhenya Pomerantsev, John Turiano 2014

        Document 

    2. Further Reading 11 items
      1. Performance Analysis: An Introductory Coursebook - Colin Counsell, Laurie Wolf 2001 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Section 3.2 - 'Constructing Gender II: The Culture/Nature Model' by Hélène Cixous, pp. 66-72

      2. Queer in Russia: A Story of Sex, Self, and the Other - Laurie Essig 1999

        Book 

      3. Consuming Russia: Popular Culture, Sex, and Society since Gorbachev 1999

        Book  Read Chapter 12 - 'Publicly Queer: Representations of Queer Subjects and Subjectivities in the Absence of Identity' by Laurie Essig

      4. Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories - Bela Shaevich, Andrei Borodin, Dmitri Karelsky, Svetlana Solodovnik 2014

        Book 

      5. The American Historical Review (Vol. 111:2, 2006) 2006

        Journal  Find and read 'The Disruptive Comforts of Drag: (Trans)Gender Performances among Prisoners of War in Russia, 1914-1920' by Alon Rachamimov, pp. 362-382 (Vol. 111:2, 2006)

      6. The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre - Laurence Senelick 2000

        Book 

      7. Bent - Martin Sherman 2013

        Book 

      8. The Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theatre - Alisa Solomon, Framji Minwalla 2002

        Book 

    3. Research Area 1 item
      1. See full details on the ELE page for this module

  11. WEEK 9 - Postcolonial Theory and Theatre (Michael Pearce) 18 items
    1. Core Reading 2 items
      To be done before the lecture, and discussed in reading groups and seminar session:
      1. Decolonizing the Stage: Theatrical Syncretism and Post-Colonial Drama - Christopher B. Balme 1999 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Read Introduction only

      2. Post-Colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics - Helen Gilbert, Joanne Tompkins 1996 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Read 'Introduction: Re-Acting (to) Empire' and Chapters 1 ('Re-Citing the Classics: Canonical Counter-Discourse') and 4 ('The Language of Resistance')

    2. Further Reading 16 items
      1. The Routledge Reader in Politics and Performance - Lizbeth Goodman, Jane De Gay 2000 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      2. Post-Colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics - Helen Gilbert, Joanne Tompkins 1996 (electronic resource)

        Book 

      3. Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology - Helen Gilbert 2001

        Book 

      4. Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices - Stuart Hall 1997

        Book 

      5. Women's Intercultural Performance - Julie Holledge, Joanne Tompkins 2000

        Book 

      6. Culture and Imperialism - Edward W. Said 1994

        Book 

      7. Orientalism - Edward W. Said 2003

        Book 

      8. The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Sarah Harasym 1990

        Book 

      9. The Routledge Diaspora Studies Reader 2017

        Book 

  12. WEEK 10 - Black British Drama and Postcolonial Theory (Michael Pearce) 22 items
    1. Core Reading 2 items
      To be done before the lecture, and discussed in reading groups and seminar session:
      1. Sing yer Heart Out for the Lads - Roy Williams 2013 (electronic resource)

        Article Essential

      2. Alternatives Within the Mainstream: British Black and Asian Theatres - Dimple Godiwala 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential Read Chapter 3 - 'The State of the Nation: Contemporary Black British Theatre and the Staging of the UK' by Deirdre Osborne

    2. Further Reading 19 items
      1. Modern and Contemporary Black British Drama - Mary F. Brewer, Lynette Goddard, Deirdre Osborne 2015

        Book 

      2. A Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama, 1880-2005 - Mary Luckhurst 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Chapter 16 - 'The Remains of the British Empire: The Plays of Winsome Pinnock' by Gabriele Griffin

      3. Modern British Playwriting: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations, 2000-2009 - Dan Rebellato 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read section on debbie tucker green, pp. 190-212

      4. Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies - Kuan-Hsing Chen, David Morley 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Chapter 21 - 'New Ethnicities' by Stuart Hall

      5. Theatre & Nation - Nadine Holdsworth 2010

        Book 

      6. Modern and Contemporary Black British Drama - Mary F. Brewer, Lynette Goddard, Deirdre Osborne 2017

        Book  Read Chapter 10 - 'Resisting the Standard and Displaying Her Colours: debbie tucker green at British Drama's Vanguard' by Deirdre Osborne

      7. A Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama, 1880-2005 - Mary Luckhurst 2006

        Book  Read Chapter 44 - 'The Question of Multiculturalism: The Plays of Roy Williams' by D. Keith Peacock

      8. A Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama - Nadine Holdsworth, Mary Luckhurst 2008 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read Chapter 3 - 'Black British Drama and the Politics of Identity' by D. Keith Peacock

      9. Modern British Playwriting: Voices, Documents, New Interpretations, 2000-2009 - Dan Rebellato 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read section on Roy Williams by Michael Pearce, pp. 145-168

      10. Modern and Contemporary Black British Drama - Mary F. Brewer, Lynette Goddard, Deirdre Osborne 2017

        Book  Read Chapter 8 - 'Kwame Kwei-Armah's African American Inspired Triptych' by Michael Pearce

      11. The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights - Elaine Aston, Janelle Reinelt 2000

        Book  Read Chapter 13 - 'Small Island People: Black British Women Playwrights' by Meenakshi Ponnuswami

    3. For your essay, you can take any of the 4 theories and apply to:

       

      a) Sucker Punch by Roy Williams

      b) stoning mary by debbie tucker green

      c) Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock

      d) Elmina's Kitchen by Kwame Kwei-Armah

      e) Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads by Roy Williams (use any theory except postcolonialism) 

  13. WEEK 11 - Essay Workshop & Module Wrap-up 1 item
    1. You will schedule individual appointments with your seminar tutor to discuss and refine your essay. 

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