PERF06090 2019 Introduction to Drama and Literature

General Details

Full Title
Introduction to Drama and Literature
Transcript Title
Introduction to Drama and Lite
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - 0215 Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Una Mannion, Rhona Trench
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design) SG_ADESI_H08 202500 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Design for Stage and Screen

This module introduces students to experience a variety of theatrical and literary forms in the context of culture, performance and representation. Students are typically asked to consider drama, literature, text, and performance from world contexts What is meant by culture? What is literature? What is performance? How do texts and performance signify meaning? What is meant by representation? Cultural and historical contexts, performance spaces and production concerns, are typically examined in an effort to demonstrate the multiple ways in which a text or performance can create meaning.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


identify the relationship between form and content


understand the significance of textual and performance contexts


understand the range of conditions and ideas which is brought to bear on a text and/or performance to make meaning


demonstrate multiple ways in which a text can be produced


understand the role of the reader/audience in the context of meaning making


demonstrate the role of directors and designers in creating meaning for performance

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Courses are taught through lectures, seminars, smaller group-teaching, and student's research and shared learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Exam 50%

Term essay 25%

Practical small group demonstrations on a given issue ‑ fortnightly 10%

Course Contribution 15%

Repeat Assessments

Repeat exam

Indicative Syllabus

Students are introduced to world literature examining key texts from the Greek period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Restoration, the Victorian Age, Romanticism, Modernism and Twentieth-Century Realism. The works will be closely linked to the cultural and historical forces that shaped them. Issues of gender, performance, characterisation, plot, staging, narrative and dramatic practices, are typically explored. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 In-class exercises Coursework Assessment Assessment 15 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5
2 Continuous Assessment Coursework Assessment Assessment 10 % OnGoing 2,3,5,6
3 Term essay Project Open Book Exam 25 % End of Term 1,2,3,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Open Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,2,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
20/06/2019 The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama Harcourt

Required Reading
20/06/2019 The Norton Anthology of World Literature Norton

Required Reading
20/06/2019 The Written World: How Literature Shaped History Granta

Required Reading
20/06/2019 History of the Theatre Allyn and Bacon

Required Reading
30/01/2015 The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1: The Medieval Period Broadview

Required Reading
25/03/1995 From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature Penguin

Required Reading
10/07/2008 Irish Writing An Anthology of Irish Literature in English 1789-1939 (Oxford World's Classics) Oxford University Press

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Brockett, Oscar G. with Hildy, Franklin J., History of the Theatre, (U.S.: Allyn and Bacon, 1999)

Brockett, Oscar G., The Essential Theatre, (Earl McPeek, Harcourt, 2000)

Brown, Russell, John, The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre, (Oxford University Press, 2001)

Damrosch, David (Editor), Natalie Melas (Editor), Mbongiseni Buthelezi (Editor, The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature: From the European Enlightenment to the Global Present (Translation/Transnation), Princeton University Press, 2009

Downs, William Missouri, Wright, Lou Ann and Ramsey, Erik, Experiencing the Art of Theatre: A Concise Introduction, (U.S.:Wadworth Series, 2001)

Jordan, Eamonn, Dissident Dramaturgies: Contemporary Irish Theatre, (Irish Academic Press, 2010)

McMullan, Anna and Leeney, Cathy, The Theatre of Marina Carr, (Dublin: Carysfort, 2003)

Pilkington, Lionel, Theatre and the state in twentieth century Ireland: cultivating the people, (London: Routledge, 2001)

Trotter, Mary, Modern Irish Theatre: A Cultural History of Literature, (Cambridge, 2008)

Worthen, W.B., The Wadsworth Anthology of Drama, (Earl McPeek, Harcourt, 2000)

Journal Resources

Journal of Modern Literature - Indiana University Press

Journal of Literary Studies - Taylor and Francis

Oxford Literary Review - Oxford University Press

Journal of English Association - Oxford Academic

Journal of Beckett Studies - Edinburgh University Press

URL Resources

Ebooks - Free Kindle Books | Project Gutenberg Ebooks - | MobileRead | Internet Archive | On-line Books | | University of Oxford | University of Toronto | Online Library | Literature Post | Calibre - convert and manage ebooks

Literary Theory - Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | | Books on Literary Theory

History of the English language    University of Toronto | The Routes of English | Wikipedia | Books on History of the English Language
Old English literature (pre-1100)    Wikipedia | Anglo-Saxon Dictionary | Books on Old English Literature
Middle English literature (1100-1500)    Luminarium | Wikipedia | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | Books on Medieval English
Renaissance & early C17th (1425-1660)    Luminarium C16th | Luminarium C17th | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | Books on Renaissance Literature
Restoration (1660-1702) & 18th century (1702-1784)    Luminarium | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | The Age of Reason | Books on Restoration Literature | Books on Restoration Satire | DVD (drama) | DVD (fiction)
Romantic literature (1760-1850)    Uinversity of California | Rutgers University | Romantic Circles | Romanticism On the Net | British Library: Romantics and Victorians | Wikipedia | Books on Romantic literature
Gothic literature (1764-present)    University of California | Rutgers University | Wikipedia | Books on Gothic Literature
Victorian literature (1819-1901)    The Victorian Web | Political and social novels | Literary History | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California | Victorian Women Writers Project | British Library: Romantics and Victorians | Books on Victorian literature
The War Poets (1914-1918)    First World | Lost Poets | | Poets of the Great War | The Georgians and The War Poets | Books on The War Poets
Modern & postmodern (1914-present)    Literary History | Rutgers University | Uinversity of California: modern | Uinversity of California: contemporary | Modern Literature Time Chart | Books on Postmodern Literature
The Beat writers (Mid-20th century)    Literary Kicks | Dharma Beat | SparkNotes on Kerouac | Wikipedia | Books on The Beat 


Other Resources

IT Sligo Library and online database - JSTOR