Course code MākZ4423
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 22 10 48
E-courses MākZ4423: The Drama and Theatre of the World: Processes and Personalities
Course annotation The course provides an insight into the development of drama and theatre in the 19th and the 20th century in Western Europe, tracing the main tendencies as well as the most important artists in both arts,. Analysis of the theatre concentrates on its cultural and historical context, esthetical and philosophical features. The course also dwells on the peculiarities of individual artists, displaying the dominant styles of the age.
Results Students have developed systematic knowledge of the theatre and drama in the 19th and 20th century in Western Europe, demonstrating both arts as a manifestation of common development. The course facilitates the development of students’ skills of analyzing an artwork, considering the artist’s personality, individual style, as well as philosophy and style of the age.

Course plan 1. The Romantic Age in France, Great Britain, Germany, Poland: drama and theatre. L2 S2
2. Naturalism in theatre and drama. The New Drama in Germany, Spain, Scandinavian Countries.
L2 S2
3. Symbolism: theatre and drama. L2 S2
4. German Expressionism: theatre and drama. Epic theatre. Political theatre. L2
5. Italian and Russian Futurism: theatre and drama. L2
6. Surrealism: theatre and drama. Existentialist tendencies in theatre and drama. L2 S2
7. Theatre and drama of the Absurd in France and Poland. L2
8. Documentary theatre and drama in Germany. Postmodernism in German drama and theatre. L2 S2
9. Theatre directing in France: the 2nd half of the 20th century. L2
10. Theatre directing in Italy: the 2nd half of the 20th century. L2
11. Overview of the theatre in Europe in the late 20th century, early 21st Century. L2



Requirements for obtaining credit points The average exam evaluation is calculated as follows: the aggregate of all marks divided by the number of tasks (3)
1) average mark for participation in seminars (4 seminars per term) – 50%;
2) final test in a written form on the contents of the course material – 30%;
3) written analysis at the exam (final test) of one of the 10 plays listed as compulsory reading – 20%.
Study programmes Baltic Philology