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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Felix Nobis


Performance in Context I will be a foundational unit in the Drama and Theatre Studies major and minor. Whilst offering a general introduction to concepts, theories and practices in the discipline, the primary focus of the unit will be on theatre history and historiography. Students will examine the development of theatrical conventions in key periods of theatre history, and the relationship of theatrical performance to social, political and cultural forces. The continuing influence of past modes of performance in the development of contemporary theatrical forms will also be explored.


Students successfully completing this unit will develop:

  1. Familiarity with concepts, theories and practices within the discipline of Drama and Theatre Studies
  2. Deeper knowledge of theatre history
  3. Ability to perform research in theatre history
  4. Understanding of the ways in which performance codes of historicized texts might be translated into the processes of contemporary theatre
  5. Awareness of the range of communicative languages used on stage, and of the critical discourses appropriate to their description and analysis
  6. Ability to articulate critical interpretations of dramatic texts and processes in systematic written argument.


Annotated bibliography (1000 words): 20%
Essay (1500 wrods): 40%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Felix Nobis

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 90-minute tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Drama and theatre studies