School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies
TH304 Theatre and Ideology: Exilic Perspectives
This module aims to investigate the relationship between theatre and exile through the contemporary experience of displacement, exile and mass migration and as channelled through means of intertextuality, parody, happening, and multicultural performance. It will consider:
• Ways in which different kinds of exilic experience are channelled through theatre and drama: from the state of dislocation preceded by war or political oppression to the sense of marginalization within once own culture; from enforced to self-imposed exile; from exile as an existential necessity to exile as a moral choice or political statement.
• Theatrical strategies as means of transcending the experience of exile, of turning trauma into a creative force and turning the no man’s land between languages and cultures into a fruitful soil.
• Dramatic and theatrical strategies as means of deconstructing cultural stereotypes, fracturing conventional definitions of borders and national cultures.
• Issues of language, space and identity in exilic theatre.
• The exilic consciousness and perspective as a worldview, a way of comprehending reality and a mode of artistic thinking.
Students will be introduced to a variety of dramatic and theatrical works that could be described as exilic, but occasional references to appropriate works in other media will be made too. The module will also offer an interdisciplinary theoretical framework to analyze exilic theatre.
By the end of this module students will be able to:
• Describe, interpret and evaluate exilic aspects as political, social, conceptual and aesthetic features in theatre, drama and performance
• Describe, interpreter and evaluate dramatic and theatrical strategies used to bring forth the exilic aspects of the work
• Demonstrate the capacity to understand and apply interdiscipliery critical theory in analyzing exilic theater and drama
Silvija Jestrovic (s dot jestrovic at warwick dot ac dot uk)
Thursday - 1300-1500 - G56
Assessment [50% examined]