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64036-01 - Seminar: British Drama since the 1960s 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Balázs Rapcsák (balazs.rapcsak@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This seminar will explore the work of three major contemporary playwrights who, each in their own way, have challenged the realist conventions which dominate mainstream theatre to this day. Tom Stoppard's intellectual comedies provide supreme entertainment through their scintillating humour, intricate stagecraft and witty dialogue. We will read his rewriting of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" from the perspective of two minor characters ("Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", 1966), and then delve into his ‘science plays’, namely "Arcadia" (1993) – which jumps back and forth between the early nineteenth century and the present while ingeniously mixing the themes of Romantic poetry, thermodynamics, chaos theory, and landscape gardening – and "The Hard Problem" (2015), which features a group of neuroscientists debating the nature of human consciousness. Caryl Churchill is among the most noteworthy political dramatists of our times, with a background in socialist feminism, as well as one of the most innovative. We will survey the formal experimentation and thematic diversity of her output, from the feminist dramaturgical strategies developed in "Top Girls" (1982) to groundbreaking representations of ecological disaster, war and terror in "Far Away" (2000) to questions of bioengineering, cloning and personal identity in "A Number" (2002). All the while, we will be asking: What does a non-naturalist political theatre look like? And finally, we will be attacked viscerally by Sarah Kane’s disturbing plays, which combine grotesque violence with extreme emotional intensity and lyricism, evolving new understandings of what it means to be political. The course will thus engage with a series of relatively recent dramatic texts that teach us to listen and see in novel ways.
Lernziele Students will become acquainted with influential strands of contemporary British theatre and related critical approaches, hone their close-reading skills, enhance their knowledge of drama analysis, and explore a range of significant political, social and cultural issues.
Literatur The texts of the plays to be discussed, film adaptations, audiovisual recordings, and critical literature will all be made available on ADAM.
Weblink ADAM


Teilnahmebedingungen This seminar is for students who have completed all three introductory modules (including the proseminar papers).
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Please sign up via MOnA.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 24.02.2022 – 02.06.2022
Zeit Donnerstag, 16.15-18.00 Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 24.02.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 03.03.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 10.03.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Donnerstag 17.03.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 24.03.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 31.03.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 07.04.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 14.04.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Ostern
Donnerstag 21.04.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 28.04.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 05.05.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 12.05.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 19.05.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Donnerstag 26.05.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Auffahrt
Donnerstag 02.06.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Nadelberg 6, Raum 11
Module Modul: Advanced Anglophone Literary and Cultural Studies (Bachelor Studienfach Englisch)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular and active participation, a brief presentation and short writing assignments
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft