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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3227 Surrealism and the French Stage

20 creditsClass Size: 20


Module manager: Dr Mark Taylor-Batty

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary


This module gives students the opportunity to consider a selection of dramatic and theoretical material that pertains to the development of the Surrealist movement in Paris and its impact upon the French stage.

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to reflect upon the theoretical structures that underpinned the Surrealist ambition, and relate their understanding of the movement to the output of numerous artists who embraced or were associated with the movement.

Learning outcomes
Students will have developed:
- the ability to use written and oral communication effectively;
- the capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse;
- the ability to manage quantities of complex information in a structured and systematic way;
- the capacity for independent thought and judgement;
- critical reasoning;
- research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of material and the evaluation of its importance;
- IT skills;
- efficient time management and organisation skills;
- the ability to learn independently.

Skills outcomes
- Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
- Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
- Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
- Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
- Critical reasoning.
- Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
- IT skills.
- Time management and organisational skills.
- Independent learning.


Surrealism developed in Paris after the First World War as a youthful, rebellious artistic movement, taking on the momentum of the Dada spirit imported from Z├╝rich.

The energies of the movement manifested themselves across the spectrum of artistic expression, but this module seeks to consider how the movement took inspiration from certain Avant-Garde practitioners working at the turn of the century, how these led to staged experiments in the early years of Surrealist activity, and the impact of the movement upon following generations of French theatre practitioners and playwrights.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours185.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Teaching will be through 10 x 1 hour weekly seminars plus 5 x 1 hour fortnightly practical workshops.

Private study: Reading, seminar preparation, essay writing, rehearsals

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contribution to seminars, workshops, and practical work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words50.00
Reflective log1,000 words (journal)10.00
In-course AssessmentPerformance-based seminar40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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