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123222 SE Literature Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2013S)

Farce

11.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 12.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 19.03. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 09.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 16.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 23.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 30.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 07.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 14.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 28.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 04.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 11.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 18.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 25.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Farce has been provocatively defined as "practical joking turned theatrical" (Eric Bentley, 1964). Although always popular with audiences, farces have been held in low esteem by critics throughout theatre history: "the most contemptible sort of drama" (Nahum Tate, 1693). Still, there are good reasons for studying this minor subgenre, as it can provide relevant insights into the psychology and aesthetics of reception in the literary domain in general and into the intricacies of generic cross-over phenomena in particular.
The farces proposed for detailed analysis cover a wide variety of categories, e.g. classic middlebrow farce (Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott, "No Sex, Please -- We're British", 1971); metaphysical farce and the Theatre of the Absurd (Samuel Beckett, "Endgame", 1957); meta-theatrical farce (Michael Frayn, "Noises Off", 1982); biographical farce (Freud and Dalí in Terry Johnson, "Hysteria", 1993).

NB: Students wishing to register early and ready to take on one of the topics for oral presentations in March/April are kindly asked to contact Prof. Huber via e-mail wern.huber@univie.ac.at ASAP.

Preliminary Course Outline (Early Registration):
March 12: Introduction + (1) Farce: Definitions
March 19: (2) Michael Frayn and Farce + (3) Introducing "Noises Off"
April 9: GUEST LECTURE: Dr. Michael Raab: "Translating Frayn"
April 16: (4) Farce in the History of English Literature and Theatre

Assessment and permitted materials

Requirements for credit: regular attendance, active participation in class, PowerPoint presentation, research paper (20-25 pp.), written final written test.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

It is the aim of this course to introduce students to varieties of farce as a comic subgenre and to study some of the basic premises and conditions of how humour works in the theatre.

Examination topics

Class discussion of plays and selected scenes, student presentations on selected topics.

Reading list

A customised anthology will be available from StudienServiceStelle Anglistik ASAP. Further material for obligatory and ancillary reading will be provided on an e-learning platform. Therefore, students are asked to familiarise themselves in advance with the MOODLE platform. For introduction and self-guided tour, please see <https://elearning.univie.ac.at/>.

Association in the course directory

Studium: Diplom 343, UF 344, BA 612, MA 844;
Code/Modul: Diplom 322, 326/328, 336/338, 721-723, 821, UF4.2.4-322, BA10.2, MA4, MA7;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0374

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