- The IB DP literature and performance course is an interdisciplinary synthesis of language A and theatre.
- It incorporates essential elements of literature and performance and aims to explore the dynamic relationship between the two.
- At the heart of the course is this interaction between (i) a conventional literary emphasis on close reading, critical writing and discussion and (ii) the practical, aesthetic and symbolic elements of performance. A distinctive outcome of this synthesis is the performance of a piece transformed from poetry or prose.
- The course as whole examines literary and dramatic texts and seeks to develop intellect, imagination and creativity. It encourages intercultural awareness through a study of texts from more than one culture
- Equip students with the skills to explore critically and imaginatively a range of literary texts and performance possibilities
- Develop in students the ability to articulate their responses to literature and performance in a variety of styles and contexts
- Introduce students to a range of performance skills
- Broaden the perspectives of students through the exploration of texts from differing cultures, periods and genres
- Foster a personal and passionate engagement with literature and performance, and by so doing guide students towards a better understanding of themselves and the world
Part 1: Critical study of texts
Part 2: Exploration of the chosen approach to the text
Part 3: Realization of texts in performance
- Is a work of literature enlarged or diminished by interpretation and performance? What makes something a good or bad interpretation or an effective performance
- How important is form in literature and the theatre?
- In what ways does the transformation of a text into another medium alter its meaning?
- What knowledge of literature and theatre can be gained by focusing attention on its social, cultural or historical context?
- How important is the study of literature and theatre in personal/ethical development? In what ways?
- What constitutes good evidence within the study of literature and performance?
PAPERSPaper 1: Prose and performance
One essay from a choice of three questions concerned with issues involved in dramatizing a novel.
Paper 2: Poetry
One comparative essay from a choice of six questions.
Written Coursework: Major playwrights in performance
One piece of writing that incorporates critical analysis of the realization of an extract or a series of linked extracts from a play, as well as reflection on the student’s performance in a staged interpretation of it.
Performance and individual oral presentation
One performance during the course which must be a transformation based on one or more of the poetry and prose texts studied.