Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces the concept of performance and its articulation in the legal, literary and linguistic spheres, and the realm of the performing arts. Students will be introduced to types of performance from literature and theatre (in its wider conception). Investigates the crossing and blurring of the boundaries with a specific focus on the intersections with legal culture.  

Unit content

Topic 1: The concept of performance and its connection with the legal field. Law as performance and law in performance

Topic 2: Law, Performance and Power:  a visual perspective. The Renaissance context and the Renaissance and Jacobean theatre

Topic 3: Law, Performance and Power: the Victorian period and the articulation of identity

Topic 4: Law, Performance and Power:  the contemporary period  and the digital baroque (dystopias, legal thriller, contemporary performing arts)

All the topics will include examples from the different literary and cultural fields (literature, theatre, performing arts, visual artistic expressions)

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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