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TH320 - Intercultural - Assessment

Essay 30% - ESUB2015

Assessed Seminar Presentation 50%

Critical Review 20% - ESUB2015

Essays 2014-15

Length: 3000 words

Choose one of the following topics, discuss, using specific examples, and include a full bibliography.

1. Rhustom Bharucha asserts that “the interpretation and use of cultures have to be confronted within the particularities of a specific historic condition. It is naïve, if not irresponsible, to assume that a meaningful confrontation of any culture to transcend the immediacies of its history.” (Theatre and the World, 2005:1) Critically evaluate the implications of this assertion by closely analysing one of more specific examples of intercultural practice.

2. Richard Schechner argues that “Any ritual can be lifted from its original setting and performed as theatre - just as any everyday event can be.” (Performative Cicumstances: from the Avant-garde to Ramlila, 1983:150) Critically evaluate this assertion, by analysing one or two specific examples of contemporary relocations of ritual into theatre.

3. Critically analyse how the nature of and issues involved in cultural embodiment are explored in one or two of the following texts/ performances

- Hwang’s M.Butterfly

- Takarazuka Opera

- Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana

- Akram Khan’s Zero degrees

- Inala, the Zulu ballet

4. In Orientalism Said argues that “the relationship between the Occident and Orient is a relationship of power, of domination, of varying degrees of complex hegemony.” (1994:133) Evaluate this statement with reference to one or more specific examples of intercultural exchange.

5. Discuss the complexities of exploring intercultural theatre in a world that is both postcolonial and global, using two specific examples to exemplify your arguments.

6. Essay topic of your choice, in discussion with me.

Intercultural Performance Practices Presentations (Exam, 50%)

Friday, 08/05/15, 9:00-15:00 (moderator Milija Gluhovic)

In groups of 2 - 4 you need to lead us through an interactive presentation (seminar using posters, powerpoint, film-clips, etc/ or a structured workshop) of research you have conducted on one of the questions that have emerged from your exploration of intercultural interaction. However these strategies must be primarily to provoke discussion/ debate on the issue you have chosen to highlight.

The length is 30 minutes for each group, with 15 mins between for set-up etc.

Criteria for assessment

- evidence of significant research on your chosen topic/ issue

- sufficient problematising of the concepts for and with your audience

- good interaction with your audience, evidence that you have considered them in the content and form of your presentation (i.e. facilitated discussion)

I will book the exam space for run-throughs beforehand.

Critical Review (20%): [2000 words]

To be handed in 22/ 05/2015, by 4 p.m. (one hard copy, one on-line)

Your critical review should document your research, in relation to the group as a whole, through references and a bibliography, as well as analyse the processes leading to your presentation. Rather than being a descriptive account, your critique should demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the research process you have gone through, the working process and the presentation itself; in relation to the overall aims and objectives of the module.

You should reflect on how and why you chose to focus your research as you did in the presentation. The outcomes of these processes (the presentation, audience responses, questions that emerged) should be evaluated in relation to the module as a whole. Where appropriate, you may wish to consider how the project you have produced might be further developed. You may submit work in a variety of forms which could include: research information, photographic evidence, visual material and any other documents that have been central to your process.

In all cases you should attempt to provide an analytical account of the presentation and its critical context. To facilitate the writing of your review you are strongly advised to make notes relating to your working process and post-presentation as a basis for your critique.