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Assessment Criteria/Titles


Assessment Criteria:

Essay #1 / 1500 Words in Length

Choose one of the following topics, and discuss critically with close reference to appropriate texts.

Remember to reference clearly and accurately, include a full bibliography and complete an e-submission and hand in one copy of your essay to Kate Brennan by 4 p.m. on the due date.

Your essay will be assessed according to effectiveness of its argumentation. Important in this regard are the clarity and quality of the paper's thesis, the suitability of its examples and the effectiveness of its analysis in coordinating those examples to support of the paper's thesis. Clean, lucid prose, and originality of ideas are essential. Clear structure, thoughtful organization and careful logic are also key points for assessment. So too are the accurate citation and thorough documentation of sources.

Essay Titles:

1) Using the examples and theoretical models that we have discussed in the module as your evidence, construct a persuasive argument about how the study of performance illuminates one’s understanding of the world.

2) Using examples drawn from the lectures in this module provide a solid line of reasoning for agreeing with, for disagreeing with or for modifying Richard Schechner’s classic argument that “Theatre departments should become ‘performance [studies] departments.’”

3) Provide a compelling justification for considering the case of the undercover police officer Mark Kennedy (alias, Mark Stone ) from a performative studies perspective.

4) Explain how performance studies’ strategic interest in “practices, events, and behaviors” helps one to see the significance of understanding gender as performance.

Assessment Criteria:

Essay #2 / 2500 Words in Length

Choose one of the following topics, and discuss critically with close reference to appropriate texts.

Remember to reference clearly and accurately, include a full bibliography and complete an e-submission and hand in one copy of your essay to Kate Brennan by 4 p.m. on the due date.

Your essay will be assessed according to effectiveness of its argumentation. Important in this regard are the clarity and quality of the paper's thesis, the suitability of its examples and the effectiveness of its analysis in coordinating those examples to support of the paper's thesis. Clean, lucid prose, and originality of ideas are essential. Clear structure, thoughtful organization and careful logic are also key points for assessment. So too are the accurate citation and thorough documentation of sources.

Essay Titles:

1) Referring to the staging of two contemporary songs consider the usefulness of Auslander’s identification of performer, performance persona and character as a means of understanding music as performance.

2) Drawing on at least TWO examples analyse the extent to which performances embracing new media problematise ONE of the following binary oppostions: Live/Mediated, Real/Virtual, Organic/Inorganic, Perfomer/Audience.

3) With reference to at least two works consider how documentation of events that never took place might be regarded as theatrical.

4) With reference to two examples discuss the role of the dramatic text in performance.

5) In Joshua Sofaer’s video, his point of departure is the basic question ‘What is live art?’ Drawing on at least two divergent examples, how would you answer that question? You should make sure you assess the significance of the art form in your answer.

6) Drawing upon at least two examples assess the advantages and disadvantages of “replicating” performances as a way of doing history.