AJL24101 Tom Stoppard, playwright

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Mgr. Tomáš Kačer, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Tomáš Kačer, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Mon 8:00–9:40 G31
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 19/20, only registered: 0/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Students will learn:
- Selected knowledge from the development of British drama in the second half of the 20th century
- To critically evaluate dramatic works by one of the most important conteporary playwrights and analyze them in context
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, a student will be able to:
- discuss the life and works of one of the most prominent British playwrights in the 20th Century - Tom Stoppard;
- analyze a play script;
- analyze a theatre performance;
- discuss critical features of a play from various theoretical perspectives;
- write an essay about a theatre production within the context of the development of Tom Stoppard's career as a playwright.
  • Tom Stoppard's life and work (a critical approach)
  • Early works (RGAD, Hound)
  • Radio plays and smaller works
  • Political activism, political plays
  • Comedies of ideas
  • Science plays
  • Film scripts and adaptations
  • The Cambridge companion to Tom Stoppard. Edited by Katherine E. Kelly. Repr. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. xvi, 244. ISBN 0521645921. info
  • SAMMELLS, Neil. Tom Stoppard : the artist as critic. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1988. xi, 162 p. ISBN 0-312-00534-225. info
  • BIGSBY, C. W. E. Tom Stoppard. Edited by Ian Scott-Kilvert. Harlow: Published for the British Council by Longman Group, 1976. 32 p. ISBN 0582012627. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, critical analysis of dramatic works, analysis of audio-visual materials (films, stagings)
Assessment methods
The pass line is 60% for credit.
The final grade will consist of these 4 parts:
1. Class participation (up to 10%).
2. Response papers (up to 20%).
3. Online presentation in a group (up to 20%).
4. Essay (up to 50%).
See ELF page for details of each of the parts.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Teacher's information
Online discussions:
All lessons will be held online in MS Teams. The meetings will take 40 minutes and the class will be divided into two groups (both groups covering the same topics). You will be expected to join the discussion based on your previous:
• Reading (or, watching/listening to) the main play;
• Reading of secondary materials;
• Watching of my short introductory video.

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