Analysis of dramatic texts and theatrical performances (2017/2018)

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Nicola Pasqualicchio
Nicola Pasqualicchio
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Second half of Semester 2 dal Apr 23, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the tools for a critical analysis of the dramatic text and of its specific features, in the light of its performative destination.
The course of this year, aims in particular at giving the students the historical and critical tools to understand and analyse the specificity of theatre short forms of the XXth century and of the beginning of our century, comparing them both with short forms in other artistic fields and with plays of conventional length.


The course will analyse theatre short forms in XXth and XXIth century, in order to point out their textual and performative features.
Part 1. Historical and theoretical framework: a) the historical premises of theatre short forms before XXth century; b) the practice of short theatre in the context of the aesthetics of brevity in XXth century; c) the comparison of short theatre with conventional length theatre in order to point out their substantial, and not merely quantitative, difference.
Part 2. Case studies: a) the futurist synthetic theatre; b) Campanile's "tragedies in two cues";c) Tardieu's "flash plays"; d) Beckett's "dramaticules".

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
S. Beckett Aspettando Godot, in: Id, Teatro completo Einaudi-Gallimard 1994
J. Tardieu Diffidate dalle parole Lemma Press 2015
D. Borgognoni, G P. Caprettini, C. Vaglio Marengo Forma breve Academia University Press 2016
N. Pasqualicchio Short Forms Skenè. Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies 2015
AA. VV. Teatro futurista sintetico seguito da Manifesti teatrali del Futurismo il melangolo 2009
A. Campanile Tragedie in due battute Rizzoli 2000

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination.
The exam will verify the students' knowledge of the main critical and aesthetical issues concerning theatre short forms, both on the textual and performative side. It will also check the students' skill to apply this conceptual framework to the analysis of the plays specified in the programme.