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EN3D7 Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time

NOTE: from academic year 2019-20 this module is only available to FINALISTS.

Assessment remains the same as in 2018-19. The syllabus below is indicative and is subject to change and modification in 2019-20.

This is a Pathway Approved Option for the English Pathway and one of the Distributional Requirements for the Theory, World, and North American Pathways.

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CURRENT STUDENTS: PLEASE USE THE MOODLE FOR THIS MODULE: which will go live on 4 October 2019

 

Convenor 2019/20: Carol Rutter

Lectures:

Monday 2:00-3:00 (MS.B3.03) NO LECTURE ON MONDAY OF WEEK 1

Wednesday (L5) 12:00-1:00

Seminar Times:

SEMINARS BEGIN IN WEEK 2

HOWEVER: Carol Rutter would like to meet her hybrid groups in week 1 to hand out the first assignment. Tuesday group: meet in the CAPITAL CENTRE Rehearsal room at 9.00 Tuesday 1 October for about half an hour; Wednesday group, meet in the CAPITAL CENTRE Rehearsal room at 10.00 2 October for about half an hour.

Traditional: Tuesday 10:00-11:30, 1:30-2:00
Hybrid:
Tuesday 9:00-11:00, Wednesday 9:00-11:00.

Details of the texts you will need to purchase can be found here.
Students should read over the summer of 2019 the texts that comprise UNIT 1 of the module:

Shakespeare: Hamlet, Henry IV, Part 1, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus.

Marlowe: Dr Faustus (Read the B-Text)

Lecturers will range across these plays in the first five weeks for their material, and they will be referring to them later in the term (or in term 2). After reading week we will be adding one new play a week.

In the first five weeks of the module we aim to write a 'grammar' of the theatre, using five Shakespeare plays that perform plays (or parodies of plays) to explore how plays 'work' as performances and what work Shakespeare's theatre writing does. We also consider Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe and think about the ways in which Shakespeare learned the 'grammar' of theatre from his influential contemporary.

Indicative Syllabus 2019-20 (TBC)

UNIT 1 (weeks 1-5, Autumn Term): Writing a Grammar of theatre, text and performance

1 W: Introduction

2 M: Playtexts, Performance Texts, Openings (Carol Rutter)

W: Metatheatre (Steve Purcell)

3 M: Soliloquy (Steve Purcell)

W: Speech-making (Carol Rutter)

4 M: Shakespeare’s (and Marlowe's) Books (Carol Rutter)

W: Endings (with particular attention to Hamlet and Titus Andronicus) (Carol Rutter)

5 M: Theatre Stuff (Carol Rutter)

W: Liveness and Afterlives (Tony Howard)

 

UNIT 2 (weeks 7-10, Autumn Term): COMEDIES

7 - The Taming of the Shrew

M: Carol Rutter

W: Carol Rutter

8 - Twelfth Night

M: Steve Purcell

W: Steve Purcell

9 - Measure for Measure

M: Steve Purcell

W: Carol Rutter

10 - Troilus and Cressida

M: Carol Rutter

W: Steve Purcell

UNIT 3 (weeks 1-4, Spring Term): KINDS OF HISTORY

1 - Richard II

2 - Henry IV, Part 1

3 - Antony and Cleopatra

4 - King Lear

UNIT 4 (week 5, and 7-10, Spring Term): TRAGEDY TO/AND ROMANCE

5 - Othello

7 - Macbeth

8 - Coriolanus

9 - The Winter’s Tale

10 - Tempest