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3F03 - Graham WEEK 1 01/05/2010 Methodology Reading and Discussion of Key Debates Individual Research Collaborative Presentation How to find information about Canadian Theater How do the questions we ask determine the answers we will find? How can we learn to ask better questions? How do the ways institutions were created influence our thinking about what Canadian theater is? What constrains our thinking when we think of this theater Whose interests were served by the development of these institutions? What didn’t they do? Controversy – Hiring of artistic directors. Regarding those of the Stratford festival, until the 1980’s Canadian directors had not been hired. Blind spots: We assumed that things had to work a certain way. Why does it have to work that way? What form or styles have developed in Canada? What is the relationship among playwrights, directors, designers and actors in these different forms? How did this happen differently in English Canada and Quebec? The development of Theater Language. What counts as Canadian? What are the relationships between different cultural groups in Canadian theatres? What new forms of performance are developing? How they ask us to think about our assumptions of blind spots. January 6, 2010 Lecture 2 Quiz, open until Tuesday… on the two articles on ELM All other quizzes complete by Wed. Due date for proposal: Jan. 29th Researching Canadian Theatre Canadian Theatre Encyclopaedia - Get a basic overview of your topic - Look out for - names (companies, artists, play or performance titles, venues) - names of scholars or critics writing in this area - dates of performances or events (i.e. author search) - Note terms or keywords associates with your topic (i.e. director) Canadian Theatre History Bibliographies HumanitiesAbstracts - Database of ScholarlyArticles - Search for names or terms using keyword search Canadian Theatre Reviews 1900 - 1992 CPI.Q - Find newspaper or magazine in which review appears - Database of Reviews of Productions - Find reference January 8, 2010 Core assumptions Canadian theatre will be developed by people like you We can learn from the past to develop the future Debates and innovations in practice are what move theatre forward. We have to find ways in ways to disagree without being disagreeable. Methodology Reading and discussing of key debates Individual research Collaborative presentation How do we find information about Canadian theatre? How do the questions we ask determine the answers we will find? How can we learn to ask better questions? Personal struggles of scholars to find better questions? Because all of the articles are written by different people – get different perspectives. What are the assumptions of importance? Ethnographic Research Any research with human subjects Interviews Reading private papers Observing private work sessions (e.g rehearsals) Requires research Ethics Board approval Fully informed and freely given consent? Do benefits justify risks? How to respect participants? Are we respecting the people we’re looking at? Risk – Social embarrassment How do people control what is public to them? Respect research participants by Doing your research before you use their time Precise questions that come out of research Found out as much as possible about their work Target what you want to talk about Telling them what you are doing and why For a class Why are you interested in THEIR particular work? Professionally – What to expect with the information gathered. Telling them how they can find out about the results of your research They will often want to obtain the paper written about them. Need to give people a choice about how their information becomes public Options about how it becomes public (IMP) Giving them options about how their input will become public How do you want to be identified Is there any part of this you don’t want me to talk about? Can choose not to participate at any time Achoice of how they will be represented in public. To get to choose. What is HISTORY? Salter describes three different approaches to creating histories. Positive empiricism Postcolonial Aview might make us use our own capacity to write our history as a strategic choice. Postmodern The constant construction of a narrative of what we’re hearing. Bennett describes the difficulties of research in neglected areas Archival sources are limited We don’t have the evidence of what we’re trying to discover Need to justify interest in marginal area Justification We get articles that start out by justifying why they even talk about this Problem of who and what we are responsible to Salter’s manifesto Historical writing of any type, is of course a (potentially coercive) system of representation Postcolonial historical consciousness resists the temptation to closure, development teleology, progress-narratives, and covering law models of historical change emerging from monocentrist and ethnocentrism value system Reading notes 10-02-09 9:32 PM NOTES ON DENIS SALTER Position paper – Postmodernist and postcolonial though play a significant role in the postwar formation of English-Canadian theatre. Outline some of the recu
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