Influential Concepts of Western Thinking About Theater 1

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207VKU1 Z 1 2T Czech summer

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Mode of study

Classes with discussion on selected readings.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

  1. Review and analysis skills.
  2. Ability to read professional texts in English.

Course contents

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

Doporučená literatura:

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).

Further information

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:

room S410
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

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