DR6801: Food and Creative Practice

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 13, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (Semester details will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 8 x 3hr(s) Seminars; 100hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed study)
Module Co-ordinator: Prof Jools Gilson, Drama and Theatre Studies.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Theatre.
Module Objective: To develop students' knowledge and critical skills through close study of a range of selected texts and critical practices relating to food and creative practices in literature, film, visual art and performance.
Module Content: This module introduces students to the travels of food as literal fact and metaphor across a range of creative practices - literature, film, visual art and performance. It asks what meanings food traditionally has, especially in relation to gender and sexuality, and how such meanings are reinforced, transgressed or otherwise re-worked in each literary / film / visual / performance example. Students will be introduced to theoretical texts which support and elaborate this discussion. This is an inter-disciplinary seminar which closely examines the relationship between genre / discipline and meaning.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between food and literature, film, visual art and performance.
  • Critically read/view the set texts, filma and videos. Read closely [in the case of literary texts], paying attention to language, imagery, narrative technique, register, style, generic form and characterisation.
  • Relate the set texts, films and video to one another.
  • Apply critical/theoretical terms and concepts to the set texts, films and video.
  • Work and learn with others.
  • Deliver effective and clearly structured oral and written presentations.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (2 x 1,000 word written assignments (60 marks); 1 x 800 word response to film/performance/visual art, and/or creative writing piece (20 marks). 1 x Oral presentation (or equivalent) (20 marks)).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students must submit alternative assessments as prescribed by the module co-ordinator).

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