Analytic Vocabularies

  • 2009–2013
  • Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • BA Drama and Theatre Arts (first-year drama course, lecturer and seminar leader)

This module introduces a range of key theoretical perspectives that can be used to analyse a range of playtexts. It also examines some of the major interventions in theatre over the centuries in order to assess the creative developments and outcomes in the light of key playwrights and theorists. The students are asked to engage in textual analysis of individual plays, considering the contextual influences of history and culture as well as genre and form. A variety of approaches are covered, with the intention of providing the student with the tools necessary for rigorous critical and conceptual interpretation.