Japanese Theatre

Subject 673-349 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

12.5 points of first year theatre studies.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Peter Eckersall


Subject Overview:

This subject is an introduction to the principal genres of Japanese theatre. Students will consider texts, production techniques, aesthetics, and historical or cultural contexts for genres including Noh, Kyogen, Kabuki, Bunraku, and modern and contemporary theatre. Consideration will also be given to recent performance trends in Japan. The study will conclude with consideration of the impact of Japanese theatre on contemporary theatre in other cultures, in particular Australia. A combination of plays, philosophical treatises, and essays, both critical and descriptive, will be studied in translation supported by video material and web sites.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete this subject will understand the processes and techniques associated with research in the creative arts;
work successfully with peers;
demonstrate an appreciation of cultures and societies outside of Australia;
demonstrate communication skills;
access a broad range of resource material, including traditional text and electronic media;
manage time effectively in the completion of a self-directed research project;
have the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts;
have the written skills to present essay work on an approved topic to an advanced level.

Participation in seminars 15% (throughout the semester), a tutorial presentation of approximately 750-1000 words 35% (due during semester), a research essay of approximately 2500 words 50% (due one week after end of semester).

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate sound and independent critical and ethical thinking in their choice of materials and processes;

  • be able to present written and oral communication to a professional standard regarding their treatment and material choices.


Formerly available as 760-215 Japanese Theatre. Students who have completed 760-215 are not permitted to enrol in this subject. This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited towards a theatre studies major in either course.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts
Diploma in Creative Arts
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English
Theatre Studies Major

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