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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: DAN2015 Module Title: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
Module Provider: Dance,Film & Theatre Short Name: DAN2015
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: HAMMOND H Dr (Dnc Flm Thtr)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Short presentations in class, to be delivered in small student groups, either through practice or lecture-demonstration formats, or as a combination of the two (30%)
Essy 2800 wors, 70%
Module Overview
Lectures, guided seminar discussion, student presentations, class discussion of set readings, viewing of relevant dance material.
Module Aims
To provide students with a detailed knowledge of dance's adaptation and potential as a vehicle for, and bearer of, historical practices.
To provide students with knowledge of the methods and models of historical analysis as these ahve been generated within Dance Studies
To introduce students to a range of analytical and critical approaches to dance generated beyond Dance, in the wider field of Historical studies.
To stimulate an awareness of the complex interaction between dance practices and historical practices, and between dance and cultural, political and social structures.
Learning Outcomes
An in-depth understanding of a select and diverse body of dance works both in terms of their choreographic and other dance practices and the interconnection of these with socioeconomic, political and cultural practices. 
A thorough knowledge of historiography and of different models of historical analysis as these are encountered in dance, as well as in the wider field of historical studies.
A resulting confidence and ability to work across these two fields
Module Content
Through lecture; guided discussion, including of readings set for class; viewing of relevant dance and film material, this module examines the way in which dance performance and practice, from the late nineteenth century to present, have served as dynamic theatres of historical memory.
In being focussed primarily in dance, but extending its range to include relevant examples of theatre and film that mobilise rich representations of the historical past, the module will enable students to grasp the way in which performances across these differernt medial often work in dialogue with one another.  The resulting confidence in working intertextually across different cultural practices is designed to equip students to work historically and analytically, as well as in terms of their own dance practice.
The range of different dance forms encountered in the module include Imperial Russian ballet; Brechtian theatre/dance and American and British modern dance; postmodern dance and performance; the art film (Russian, European and British).
Categories of performance analysed by the course include dance as total art work; as Brechtian lehrstuck; as postmodern intertextual performance; and dance as it is encountered in the art film and the dramatised historical documentary.
The range of historiographies wich this module enables students to engage with includes those generated by Old Regime; Marxist; Feminist; New Historicist; Modernist; and Postmodern methodologies.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures, guided smeinar discussion, student presentations, class discussion of set readings, viewing of relevant dance material.
Selected Texts/Journals
Banes, Sally, Dancing Women: Female Bodies on Stage, London and New York: Routledge, 1998
Brannigan, John, New Historicism and Cultural Materialism, Basingstoke: MacMillan, 1998
Burke, Peter, What is Cultural History?, Cambridge: Polity Books, 2008
Foster, Susan Leigh, Choreographing History, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995
Hunt, Lynn, ed., The New Cultural History, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1989
Iggers. Georg G. Historiography in the Twentieth Century: From Scientific Observation to Postmodern Challenge, Middletown, CT, 2005
Lansdale, Janet, Dancing Texts: Intertextuality in Interpretation, alton, Hampshire: Dance Books, 1999
Scholl, Tim, Sleeping Beauty: A Legend in Progress, London and New Havern: Yale University Press, 2004
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9 October 09