Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama - EN694

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 30 (15) DR R Loughnane
Canterbury Spring
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5 30 (15) DR R Loughnane

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

Not available as wild

2019-20

Overview

The drama of early modern England broke new literary and dramatic ground. This module will focus on key plays across the period. It will explore the development of dramatic writing, the status of playing companies within the London theatres, drama's links to court entertainment and its relationship to the provinces. Dramatic and literary form will be a central preoccupation alongside issues of characterisation, culture, politics, and gender. Shakespeare’s work will be put into context in relation to the plays of his contemporary dramatists as well as the various cultural, historical and material circumstances that influenced the composition, performance and publication of drama in early modern England.

Details

This module appears in:


Contact hours

Total contact hours 30
Private study hours 270
Total study hours 300

In addition, field trips may take place eg to Shakespeare's Globe in London and Canterbury Cathedral Library.

Method of assessment

50% coursework, 50% examination.

Seminar performance (10%)
Two essays (2,500 words each) (40%)
Exam (3 hours) (50%)

Indicative reading

Primary Sources:

Taylor, G., Jowett J., Bourus, T., Egan G., gen. ed. (2016). The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bevington, D., Engle L., Maus, K., Rasmussen, E. ed. (2002). English Renaissance Drama: a Norton Anthology. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. read and analyse critically the works of Shakespeare and his contemporary dramatists;
2. read and understand the set texts in relation to their relevant literary, theatrical, political, cultural and social contexts;
3. demonstrate a critical understanding of the development of drama in the early modern period;
4. become conversant with current critical approaches to and debates about the drama and evaluate their appropriateness to their chosen topics.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. demonstrate their abilities to analyse theatrical texts critically and make comparisons across a range of reading;
2. demonstrate their command of written and spoken English and their abilities to articulate coherent critical arguments;
3. understand and interrogate various critical approaches and the theoretical assumptions that underpin these approaches ;
4. demonstrate their abilities to carry out independent research;
5. demonstrate their presentational skills.

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