Influential Concepts of Western Thinking About Theater 1
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Learning outcomes of the course unit
- is able to differentiate performance studies from theatrology, understand various origins and focuses of fields,
- demonstrates recognition of principles of performance studies and knows its theory foundations,
- is aware of the wider inter-discipline relationship concepts of performance and performativity and is able to use the adequately in context,
- understands fundamental origins and key concepts of cognitive theatrology,
- demonstrates ability to apply individual theory devices in the analysis of perfromances; is aware of their strong and weak aspects,
- is better oriented in Anglo-American theatre theory discourse and more easily reads English language professional texts.
Mode of study
Classes with discussion on selected readings.
Prerequisites and co-requisites
- Review and analysis skills.
- Ability to read professional texts in English.
This course broadens the awareness of contemporary concepts of western considerations of theatre. Primary attention is devoted to Anglo-American and German areas and topically focuse on universal concepts looking as theatre in the context of other fields. The main emphasis is placed on an understanding of differences in importance of performance dates and performativity in theatrology and related field (primarily performance studies). This is supplemented by context studies of liveness and liminality. Part of the course will be an excursion to cognitive theatrology and key concepts connected to it. The reception of theatre performances will be reseached through contemporary theory and concepts of embodying thought, conceptual integration or image schemes.
Recommended or required reading
AUSLANDER, Philip (ed.). Performance: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies. Volume 1. London a New York: Routledge, 2003.
AUSLANDER, Philip. Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture. 2. vyd. London a New York: Routledge, 2008.
BIAL, Henry a BRADY, Sara (eds.). The Performance Studies Reader. 3. vyd. London a New York: Routledge, 2016.
CARLSON, Marvin. Performance: A Critical Introduction. 3. vyd. London a New York: Routledge, 2018.
FISCHER-LICHTE, Erika. Estetika performativity. Mníšek pod Brdy: Na Konári, 2011.
McCONACHIE, Bruce. Engaging Audiences. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
SHEPHERD, Simon. The Cambridge Introduction to Performance Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016
SOFIE, Gabriel, FALETTI, Clelia a JACONO, Victor (eds.). Theatre and Cognitive Neuroscience. London a New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016.
Assessment methods and criteria
80% class attendance and discussion participation requiring readings of on-going assigned texts (70% of grade),
on-going written reviews (approx. 1-2 standard pages) of selected texts (10% of grade),
Contribution at the final colloquium in which the student orally gives a structured presentation applying one of the coverd topics for analysis of a staging (20% of grade).
This course is an elective for all AMU students
Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:
Učebna S410 (DAMU)
(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
|Date||Day||Time||Tutor||Location||Notes||No. of paralel|
|Thu||14:30–16:00||Lukáš BRYCHTA||Učebna S410 (DAMU)
Karlova 26, Praha 1
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- Theory and criticism (M.A.) (optional subject)