ATS2913 - Greek tragedy: Performance and reception - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Centre for Theatre and Performance

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jane Griffiths


Professor Jane Griffiths

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


A gateway unit in Archaeology or Theatre


Students work through minimum of three key playtexts from within a given genre, tradition, period or national theatre. The unit entails a variety of approaches, encompassing historical, textual, comparative and social methodologies of analysing texts. Distinguishing features of the particular genre or tradition are studied in the context of the period and place from which the texts emerged. Consideration is given to how the texts were originally performed and how they have since been interpreted.


Upon completion of this course students will:

  1. possess an in-depth knowledge of the conventions of a given genre, period or tradition of theatre or performance and the conditions under which it arose;
  2. have received an introduction to the ideas of key contemporary thinkers whose work bears on the interpretation and understanding of theatre and performance;
  3. have an understanding of the relationships between theatres and their social and cultural contexts;
  4. be able to employ a variety of approaches to textual analysis;
  5. be able to take a critical historiographical approach to the contemporary reception of texts from different times and places;
  6. be able to recognize and activate issues in the textual and performative interpretation of playtexts;
  7. have applied understanding of the relationships between art and society - ethical, political, and expressive.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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