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THEA325 Radical Theatre in Context, 1880-2000

The study of a body of modern dramaturges (playwrights, directors, theorist-practitioners) and their texts, with particular reference to the intellectual, historical and artistic context of these models, and to the conceptual vision of each featured artist.

What makes theatre "radical" or "avant-garde" - and what, for that matter, makes something theatre in the first place? Is this a question of form or style, or can performance and the arts intervene in the major issues of time? This subject addresses these questions through a survey of some of the major innovative artists in theatre and performance of the 20th century in historical context.

Paper title Radical Theatre in Context, 1880-2000
Paper code THEA325
Subject Theatre Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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THEA 221 or THEA 253 or THEA 255
THEA 425
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Programme Co-ordinator.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator to be advised.
Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts office ( for more information.

Paper Structure
This subject is largely assessed through critical writing and/or oral presentations.

Further information on assessments is given in the course outline.
Teaching Arrangements
This subject is largely taught through lectures and seminars.

Further information on teaching arrangements is given in the course outline.
Information on set readings is given in the course outline. Please contact the Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts office for a copy of the most recent paper profile.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper will equip students to critically reflect upon the contextual and aesthetic history of avant-garde theatre, as well as providing them with strong skills in research, essay writing and articulating ideas in a critical fashion.

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system