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I'm a university lecturer of Drama and English Literature. On this page you'll find loads of powerpoint presentations filled with useful resources for teachers and students interested in English Literature, Drama, and Art History. Useful for all levels.

I'm a university lecturer of Drama and English Literature. On this page you'll find loads of powerpoint presentations filled with useful resources for teachers and students interested in English Literature, Drama, and Art History. Useful for all levels.
Postdramatic Theatre
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Postdramatic Theatre

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This presentation explores Postdramatic Theatre. It begins by defining ‘drama’, ‘theatre’, and ‘performance’, before giving a clear and detailed explanation of the Postdramatic. Hans-Thies Lehmann’s theoretical writings are quoted from and explained in relation to the work of Robert LePage, Robert Wilson, and Forced Entertainment. The presentation contains video clips, photographs of performances, helpful quotations from practitioners and critics as well as tasks for students to expand their learning. The Postdramatic is broken down into easy to follow slides that look at the aspects of the Postdramatic including textscapes, the visual, time, repetition, and the body. The final slide offers quotations from Tim Etchells about the notion of risk in the work of the Postdramatic.
Milton's Paradise Lost
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Milton's Paradise Lost

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This presentation explores John Milton’s Paradise Lost. It discusses Milton’s poetic form (blank verse), as well as issues regarding gender, free will, and religion. Sandra Gilbert’s discussion of Eve’s fall is outlined for some useful secondary criticism. There are also extracts (from Books 9 and 10 of Paradise Lost) with helpful pointers for close textual analysis and ideas that will prompt further discussion and exploration. The final slides recommend further reading, offer later poetic responses to Eve’s plight, and also encourage critical engagement with early scholarship on Milton’s epic poem. A great resource for A Level students and undergraduates.
Ibsen's A Doll's House
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Ibsen's A Doll's House

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Handout for students discussing Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Includes quotes from the play to discuss as well as an extract from Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. The handout focuses on themes of gender and patriarchal society in A Doll’s House. Perfect for A Level students studying Ibsen and naturalism in theatre. Also useful for university seminars working on A Doll’s House.
Ibsen and Gender: Hedda Gabler
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Ibsen and Gender: Hedda Gabler

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This presentation looks at Ibsen’s drama focusing on his major play: Hedda Gabler. The sildes offer detailed information on and colourful examples of the historical context, gender politics, and themes of Ibsen’s drama. The powerpoint then examines Hedda’s character with links to short videos of performers such as Ruth Wilson discussing playing the role and what makes Hedda tick. This presentation is useful for anyone interested in Ibsen’s drama, feminism in his work, and performing his tragic heroine: Hedda Gabler.
Oscar Wilde - An Ideal Husband
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Oscar Wilde - An Ideal Husband

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This presentation looks at Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. It outlines the key themes of the play: suffrage, gender differences, sexuality, class conflict, Victorian society, and aestheticism. There are lots of sections for close analysis, as well as interesting biographical information relating to Wilde’s imprisonment. The presentation then explores the role of women in 19th century society, focusing on The New Woman in fin de siècle literature. The final slide contains a practice exam question with useful pointers and quotes from scholars and theatre critics such as Michael Billington.
How to write an essay
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How to write an essay

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This resource is aimed at undergraduate university students and A Level students aiming to gain high grades in English Literature. The question is focused on Dystopian Literature and takes George Orwell’s 1984 as its example. With a step-by-step guide, the resource answers the question: To what extent does dystopian literature reflect the society in which we live? By focusing on George Orwell’s 1984, debate the relevance of dystopian literature. It includes guidance on how to: ** Write an introduction, main body, and conclusion Develop an argument Make detailed points Quote literary critics Use footnotes Reference Compile a bibliography** The resource explains how to write an essay and also provides examples through a sample essay.
Brian Friel's 'Translations'
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Brian Friel's 'Translations'

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This presentation looks at the history of the English Language in Ireland through the drama of Brian Friel. It contains several extracts for close scene analysis and discusses the play in relation to its major theme: the colonisation and dominance of the English Language (tradition vs modernity). The slides also cover the history of the Abbey Theatre and several quotes from the playwright himself (Brian Friel), the poet Seamus Heaney, and critics such as Desmond Rushe. The last two slides outline Claude Lévi-Strauss’ ‘hot and cold societies’ theory and then look towards Welsh identity, mentioning the play Mother Tongue by Roger Williams.
Bertolt Brecht's 'Mother Courage and All Her Children'
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Bertolt Brecht's 'Mother Courage and All Her Children'

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Bertolt Brecht’s famous play Mother Courage and All Her Children is the focus of this handout. It includes: Carefully selected extracts from Mother Courage to discuss An explanation of Brecht’s Verfremdungseffekt or ‘Alienation effect’ Some scholarly quotes on Brecht’s playwriting to discuss in relation to Mother Courage This handout is ideal for university seminars and A Level classes. It will help with in-class discussions and essay writing.
Saussure's Semiotics & Luigi Pirandello
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Saussure's Semiotics & Luigi Pirandello

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This presentation outlines the shift in drama from Realist to Symbolist to Modernist forms of theatre. It uses work by Chekhov, Maeterlink, and Beckett to illustrate the differences between representational and Avant-Garde playwrighting and scenography. The explanation of Ferdinand de Saussure’s semiotics is supported by examples form Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. The presentation also covers the work of Ionesco and Tom Stoppard when discussing the Theatre of the Absurd (a term coined by Martin Esslin).
In-yer-face Theatre: Sarah Kane
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In-yer-face Theatre: Sarah Kane

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This presentation is about Sarah Kane’s exploration of National Identity in her infamous play Blasted. Each slide contains quotes, images, factual information, and videos about Sarah Kane and In-Yer-Face Theatre. The powerpoint focuses on extracts from Blasted that examine human frailty, compassion, brutality, and powerlessness. It asks how Kane manages to evoke compassion through violence and uses the theory of Susan Sontag and the history of the Bosnian War (1992-1995) to unpick the relationship between the Soldier, Ian and Kate in the play. There are also many ‘thinking points’, including a video discussion of the (un)ethical nature of Kane’s drama and theorist Hanna Arendt’s ‘Reflections on Violence’.
1960s Theatre and Postmodernism
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1960s Theatre and Postmodernism

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This presentation focuses on theatre during the 1960s and Postmodernism. It is useful for anyone interested in the artistic trends and socio-political events of the '60s. It refers to the work of Patrice Pavis to discuss the shift of focus from the actor to the spectator and then looks at ‘Off-Off Broadway’ performances. Jerzy Grotowski’s ‘Poor Theatre’, The Living Theatre, The Open Theatre, and Robert Wilson’s productions are looked at in turn. The Wooster Group moves the presentation forward to explain Postmodernism with reference to the ideas of Jacques Lacan, Jean-François Lyotard, Fredric Jameson, and Baudrillard.
Irish Theatre: Marina Carr
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Irish Theatre: Marina Carr

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This presentation looks at theatre and nation, specifically the Irish Theatre tradition. It looks at the history of Irish theatre and focuses on comments by W. B. Yeats and the Abbey Theatre. Concepts such as gender politics and the mother nation are explored in relation to Marina Carr’s play The Bog of Cats… The powerpoint includes close analysis of scenes from the play, quotes from notable scholars, and comparisons between Carr’s work and that of John Keats and Samuel Beckett. This powerpoint is useful for anyone studying nation and theatre, Irish theatre, and Marina Carr’s drama.
Bernard MacLaverty's 'Cal'
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Bernard MacLaverty's 'Cal'

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This package includes a PowerPoint and detailed handout on Bernard MacLaverty’s novel Cal. The work pacakge includes: Carefully selected extracts from MacLaverty’s Cal to aid discussion and analysis Excerpts from scholarly criticism on Cal Questions to aid interpretation of the novel Short explanation of The Troubles in Northern Ireland Poetry by Seamus Heaney and Douglas Carson Ideal for A Level and university students writing essays on MacLaverty’s Cal
Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Namesake'
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Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Namesake'

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This package includes a PowerPoint presentation and detailed handout on **Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake ** It is ideal for university and A Level students looking to write essays on Lahiri’s work and get a better understanding of ideas behind postcolonial studies. The work package includes: Carefully selected extracts from The Namesake to encourage discussion and analysis An explanation of Homi K. Bhabha’s theories of hybridity, liminal spaces, and the Third Space Comments made by Jhumpa Lahiri on her creative process when writing The Namesake Questions to encourage analytical thinking Scholarly engagements with Lahiri’s work
Kwame Kwei-Armah 'Elmina's Kitchen'
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Kwame Kwei-Armah 'Elmina's Kitchen'

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Handout aimed at A Level and University students focusing on race in British Theatre. Includes quotes from Kwame Kwei-Armah’s play Elmina’s Kitchen and scholarship discussing race in the theatrical landscape across the UK.
How to interpret a performance
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How to interpret a performance

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This presentation explains how to interpret a performance. It provides useful quotes about performance analysis and illustrates how thinking about drama is different to thinking about poems or novels. The presentation explores the impact art has on the world around us and considers what makes a performance a work of art. It also focuses on the role the audience has on the interpretation of a play.
Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'
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Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'

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This presentation explores Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. With clear character discussions, analysis of themes, quotes, and contextual information, it is an ideal teaching and study resource for anyone studying The Merchant of Venice. It contains: a plot summary; contextual information about Shakespeare’s decision to set the play in Venice; a discussion of racial prejudice (especially from Antonio towards Shylock); character studies of Shylock, Jessica, and Portia; a discussion on the idea of value, and details from three notable performances of the play. The last slide contains a quiz with 10 questions focused on details from the play.
Caryl Churchill's 'Cloud Nine'
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Caryl Churchill's 'Cloud Nine'

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Ideal handout for university and A Level students working on Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine. The handout offers: Questions to encourage discussion and analysis of Cloud Nine An explanation of Mikhail Bakhtin’s Carnivalesque **Carefully selected extracts from Cloud Nine ** **Scholarly readings of Churchill’s play ** Perfect for students writing an essay or preparing for a class/seminar on Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine.