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Analysis of the work of two practitioners: Bertolt Brecht and Antonin Artaud
Write one 2,000-word essay as follows: Describe, compare and account for the ways in which TWO of the practitioners/companies covered in this course approached the relation between spectators and performers. Your answer should take into consideration the reasons for the practitioners' different approaches to their art, including their social-cultural contexts and their artistic goals.
You will be assessed on your ability to:
Content A – provide clear and accurate description of the way the chosen practitioners approached the relation between spectators and performers;
Content B – consider the reasons for the practitioners’ different approaches, and compare their aims & methods;
Sources – engage meaningfully with relevant set readings, to extend your reading beyond these set texts, and to employ that research in support of your argument;
Critical Approach – your ability to negotiate the area(s) of debate your essay question invites you to consider, to analyze the thoughts and practices of theatre makers and of commentators on their work, and to create logical well supported argumentation;
Presentation – your ability to display your research in an appropriate scholarly manner i.e. carefully referenced (quotation marks, indentation of quotations 3 lines or more in length, consistent referencing of sources in footnotes and/or bibliography etc.), fully proof-read for mistakes, double spaced with a 4cm left hand margin, black ink, 12 pt font, and paginated.
Model ARTS1120 student essays from previous years are available on Moodle.
Due online to Turnitin Essay site in Week 9 on Monday 2 May before midnight. All essays submitted without permission after midnight will incur late submission penalties. Make sure you keep an electronic and hard copy yourself.
If you have any problems submitting via Turnitin send the course convenor, Jonathan Bollen (firstname.lastname@example.org), a word.doc version of your assignment immediately, and follow the procedure on Submission of Assessment Tasks in the course outline.
The Essay provides an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learnt about key practitioners and theorists in twentieth-century Western theatre and contemporary performance helps. It also helps you develop skills in research, description, analysis, argumentation, and scholarly writing that are key to the discipline of Theatre and Performance Studies.
Help with Essay Writing
For information about how to write essays and document your references, consult The Learning Centre’s writing guides at https://student.unsw.edu.au/academic-skills
The UNSW Library offers many services to students seeking help with their essays and study skills. See http://info.library.unsw.edu.au/web/services/undergraduates.html
If you would like further help with your studies, and your essays in particular, please consult The Learning Centre’s services on http://www.lc.unsw.edu.au
Referencing is the way you acknowledge your sources of information. There are two main referencing systems:
the footnote/bibliography or ‘Oxford’ referencing system – https://student.unsw.edu.au/footnote-bibliography-or-oxford-referencing-system
the ‘In-Text’ or ‘Harvard’ referencing system – https://student.unsw.edu.au/harvard-referencing
Guidance on referencing will be provided in class. Whichever system you choose, you must be consistent.
Attached is example essay, try talking about similar plays that this person has used.
Write one 2,000-word essay as follows: Describe, compare and account for the ways in which TWO of the practitioners/companies covered in this course approached the relation between spectators and performers.