|School or Department :||School of Creative Arts|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Course fee schedule :||https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules|
|Version produced :||24 September 2023|
Pre-requisite: THT1001 and THT1002
It is essential for theatre makers, teachers, and other professionals to know how the human body is perceived and shaped by societal constructs. The body is a malleable and transgressive “substance” that can be imposed and/or liberated by how it may be constructed for public consumption. The study of dramatic texts and film, and body performance practices provides insights into human experiences and locates these in the context of social history.
The body is central to the lived experience of all human beings, both actual and fictional. The interrogation of race and gender representation are essential to knowing how the body is interpreted and perceived in Western cultural dramatic artefacts reveals how it may be constructed, exploited, exonerated or erased. Theatre-makers will be introduced to theoretical contexts that explore the ethical and critical considerations around how a body might be consumed by a paying public audience. The plays and films considered in the course are designed to challenge the readers' assumptions about the body throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.