Themes in European Theatre and Cinema A

Module code: R9032
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module, which is taught and assessed in English, will address major themes in 20th-century European theatre and cinema. These will vary from year to year, but will typically include some of the following:

  • dystopias and absurdity
  • childhood and youth
  • memory and nostalgia
  • identity and selfhood
  • sex and death. 

Equally, the authors/directors and plays/films selected for study (in English translation) will vary, but will normally include at least one representative from each of our four European languages – French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Module learning outcomes

  • The successful student will demonstrate detailed knowledge and systematic understanding of one or more key themes of 20th-century European theatre and/or cinema.
  • S/he will demonstrate some critical appreciation of culturally different treatments of the same or similar themes.
  • S/he will evidence sophisticated intellectual engagement with the philosophical, psychological, moral, social, cultural, political or other issues arising from the works studied.
  • S/he will demonstrate the capacity to deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry in order to construct an extensive and coherent argument expressed in highly literate and appropriate English.