Grade Breakdown

Participation – 15%

This course follows a seminar structure, in the sense that students are required to come to class prepared to discuss the week’s readings, and in-class presentations will occur regularly. Students must be prepared to contribute to discussions every week, and are expected to think about how the plays on the course interact with one another, how they are structured, and how they operate thematically and culturally. Discussions will build on each other, so this should become both easier and more complex as the course progresses.

New! Details: ‘Showing up’ certainly counts for something, but the seminar only works through verbal participation. So in terms of actual marks, participation in each class will be marked out of 10. I will assign everyone a 6/10 for attending the class (arriving on time, staying engaged), and the rest of the mark will be dependent on your contributions to the large group discussions (because I can’t possibly assess all the small group contributions). All you need to do is make one good, thoughtful point in class to move that 6 up to a 7. More marks for more thoughtful contributions!

Dramaturgical Research Project
Dublin by Lamplight by Michael West
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Part A: Research Package – 20%
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at the beginning of class

Part B: Final Research Report – 25%
Extended to Wednesday, March 19 at 11am (we will view them in class that day)
Length: 1000 words maximum, created as an attractive webpage. Note: 1000 words is guideline to give you a rough sense of how much text is expected. This should be broken up into several smaller topic blurbs, and include images, links, etc.

Seminar Presentation – 15%
See Schedule/Readings Page for individual dates.
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In order to accommodate all students, there will be two types of presentations, and students (in groups of 2 or 3) will do one of the two types. Except under unusual circumstances, all students in a group will receive the same grade.

*Seminar Type A: Cultural context (history, society, politics)

†Seminar Type B: Dramatic structure: close reading

Final Test – 25%
Date and Time: Check Exam Timetable

FORMAT: The exam is in three parts, and each part will allow you to choose from several options.
Total Time: 180 min.
Total Marks: 100

Part A: Identification & Significance: 24 marks (6 x 4 marks each) 45 min.
Choose 6 of the options below. For each answer, identify the play, and briefly note the example’s significance to the play. Depending on the question, the ‘significance’ could be dramatic, theatrical, socio-cultural, and/or political. Please answer these questions on the lines below.

Part B: Compare & Distinguish: 36 marks (3 x 12 marks each) 65 min.
Choose 3 of the options below. For each answer, compare how the given topic operates in each of the plays. Make sure to distinguish the ways in which the topic functions in each play, and where possible, note how these differences contribute to the history of Irish drama, or to the theatrical representation of Ireland.

Part C: Essay: 40 marks. 70 min.
Choose 1 of the options below. In the course of your essay, make sure to address all of the issues raised. You are welcome to include additional plays from the syllabus in your answer, but your answer must fully address the plays stated in the question.



Stress can arise around assignments, deadlines and the use of academic formats, so I think it is important to make the ‘rules’ clear, so we can understand them, but not dwell on them. In coursework, ALL references, whether explicit or implicit, directly quoted or paraphrased, must be accurately documented, both in the body of the assignment (e.g. footnotes or parenthetical) and in a bibliography at the end of the paper. In addition, all work submitted for this course must be original to this course. If you consult secondary sources for your seminar presentation, you must also note arguments borrowed from these sources. For further information, carefully read “Plagiarism And How to Avoid It,” which I have included in the course reader. Students and Instructors are equally bound by the University’s policy on Academic Integrity, which can be found at:

As for deadlines, I do think it is in everyone’s best interest to just get work in on time. For the written assignments, a penalty of 2% per weekday will be applied, up to a maximum of 20% (two weeks late). Assignments more than two weeks late may not be accepted. Exceptional circumstances may warrant a modification to this policy at the instructor’s discretion, and students are responsible for adequately communicating their circumstances to the instructor. As for extensions, I am amenable to granting them if students email me early enough – that is, if you demonstrate planning, as opposed to last-minute panic. Please use the following procedure: After talking to me, request an extension via email. I will respond, and if an extension is granted, you must print out my confirmation email and staple it to the assignment when it is submitted. This will be the record used for applying extensions.