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EN301 Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of His Time

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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Convenor 2017/18: Paul Prescott

Time of lectures:

Monday 2-3pm (Arts Centre Cinema), Wednesday 12-1pm (H.051) - NO LECTURE ON MONDAY OF WEEK 1

Seminar Times:

Monday 4-5:30pm

Thursday 11am-12:30pm

Friday 10-11:30am

Friday 12-1:30pm

Friday 3-4:30pm

Wednesday 9-11:30am (Practical)

Tuesday 9-11am (Hybrid)

Thursday 4-5:30pm (Hybrid)

Thursday 5:30-7pm (Hybrid)

N/B - the Hybrid and Practical versions of these seminars are ONLY available to Finalists.

In the first five weeks of the module we aim to write a 'grammar' of the theatre, using four 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 two plays by Christopher Marlowe and think about the ways in which Shakespeare learned the 'grammar' of theatre from his influential contemporary.

Students should read over the summer of 2017 the texts that comprise UNIT 1 of the module:

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

Marlowe: Tamburlaine the Great, Part One; 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 (in most weeks) one new play a week in the following three Units:

UNIT 2 (weeks 7-10, Autumn Term): KINDS OF HISTORY

7 - Richard II

8 - Henry IV, Part 1

9 - Antony and Cleopatra

10 - King Lear

UNIT 3 (weeks 1-4, Spring Term): COMEDIES

1 - Two Gentlemen of Verona

2 - Twelfth Night

3 - Measure for Measure

4- Troilus and Cressida

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

Details of the texts you will need to purchase can be found here.

Lectures 2017/18

Lectures: Monday 2:00 - 3:00: Arts Centre CInema and Wednesday 12:00 - 1:00: H0.51

SPRING TERM 2018

Week 1 Two Gentlemen of Verona

M - CR

W - PP (Performance)

Week 2 - Twelfth Night

M - Katie Forsyth

W - SP

3 - Measure for Measure

M - SP (Genre)

W - CR

4- Troilus and Cressida

M - PP 

W - SP (Performance)

5 - Othello

M - CR

W - PP (Race)

7 - Macbeth

M - PP

W - CR

8 - Coriolanus

M - CR

W - Alice Leonard

9 - The Winter’s Tale

M - CR

W - SP (Performance)

10 - The Tempest

M - TBC

W - CR

AUTUMN TERM

Week 1 W 4 Oct – Introduction (PP)

Week 2 M 9 Oct – Playtexts, Performance Texts, Openings (CR)

W 11 Oct – Metatheatre (SP)

Week 3 M 16 Oct – Speech-making (CR)

W 18 Oct – Soliloquy (SP)

Week 4 M 23 Oct – Shakespeare’s Books (CR)

W 25 Oct – Endings (PP)

Week 5 M 30 Oct – Theatre Stuff (CR) and Peter Mack on Tropes

W 1 Nov – Liveness and Afterlives (PP)

Unit 2: Kinds of Histories (from Elizabethan to Jacobean)

Week 7: Richard II

M 13 Nov – CR

W 15 Nov – PP

Week 8 – Henry IV, Part 1

M 20 Nov – CR

W 22 Nov – SP – HIV, 1 and Carnival (link to full text of Mankind)

Week 9 – Antony and Cleopatra

M 27 Nov – CR

W 29 Nov – Peter Mack handout 1 handout 2

Week 10 – King Lear

M 4 Dec – CR

W 6 Dec – SP


Below, you can find the lecture schedule (and accompanying powerpoints) from 2016-17:

Term 1 lectures
Week Seminar text Lecture Lecturer
1 No seminars. (Some tutors may contact you to arrange an initial meeting.)

Monday: n/a

Wednesday: Introduction to the module + 'Shakespace': 'Shakespeare 400'

Monday: n/a

Wednesday: Paul Prescott

2 Seminar leader's choice: Hamlet, Dream, Shrew, 1 Henry IV, Titus

Monday: Shakespeare and Metatheatre

Wednesday: Playtexts v. Performance Texts and Openings

Monday: Steve Purcell

Wednesday: Carol Rutter

3 Seminar leader's choice: Hamlet, Dream, Shrew, 1 Henry IV, Titus

Monday: Middles + Stage Spectacle

Wednesday: Endings

Monday: Máté Vince

Wednesday: Nick Collins

4 Seminar leader's choice: Hamlet, Dream, Shrew, 1 Henry IV, Titus

Monday: Soliloquy: Talking to the Audience

Wednesday: Speech-making

Monday: Steve Purcell

Wednesday: Carol Rutter

5 Seminar leader's choice: Hamlet, Dream, Shrew, 1 Henry IV, Titus

Monday: Theatre Stuff: the 'thing' in performance

Wednesday: Subsequent Shakespeare

Monday: Carol Rutter

Wednesday: Tony Howard

6 READING WEEK    
7 Tamburlaine

Monday: Won with Words, Conquered with Looks: Christopher Marlowe and his Tamburlaine

Wednesday: Titus and the Bodies Politic

Monday: Carol Rutter

Wednesday: Carol Rutter

8 Twelfth Night

Monday: Shakespeare's Belly: Carnival and the Morality Tradition in 1 Henry IV

Wednesday: 'I am not what I am': Carnival and Lent in Twelfth Night

Monday: Steve Purcell

Wednesday: Steve Purcell

9 Measure for Measure

Monday: What sort of a comedy is Measure for Measure?

Wednesday: Mid-career Shakespeare + Measure for Measure

Monday: Steve Purcell

Wednesday: Paul Prescott

10 Seminar leader's choice

Monday: Mid-career Shakespeare + Othello

Wednesday: Mid-career Shakespeare + Troilus and Cressida

Monday: Paul Prescott

Wednesday: Paul Prescott

Term 2 lectures
Week Seminar text Lecture Lecturer
1 Troilus and Cressida

Monday: Troilus and Cressida and genre

Wednesday: Sex and the City: Troilus & Cressida

Monday: Steve Purcell

Wednesday: Carol Rutter

2 A Chaste Maid in Cheapside

Monday: Sex and the City: A Chaste Maid in Cheapside

Wednesday: Sex and the City: Measure for Measure

Monday: Carol Rutter

Wednesday: Carol Rutter

3 Othello

Monday: Making Masculinity: Shakespeare’s Baffled Lovers: Othello, Othello, and the rest

Wednesday: Direct address in Othello

Monday: Carol Rutter

Wednesday: Steve Purcell

4 Macbeth

Monday: Macbeth: Time, Language, Equivocation

Wednesday: Performing ‘Evil’ in Macbeth

Monday: Carol Rutter

Wednesday: Steve Purcell

5 Coriolanus

Monday: Coriolanus

Wednesday: Coriolanus: City Tragedy, Tragedy of State

Monday: Nick Collins

Wednesday: Carol Rutter

6 READING WEEK    
7 Antony and Cleopatra

Monday: Mapping Antony and Cleopatra

Wednesday: Antony and Cleopatra

Monday: Steve Purcell

Wednesday: Carol Rutter

8 King Lear

Monday: King Lear and the Collapse of Civilisation

Wednesday: King Lear: Ugly sisters and monster dads

Monday: Steve Purcell

Wednesday: Carol Rutter

9 The Winter’s Tale

Monday: The Winter's Tale: A Performance History

Wednesday: The Winter's Tale (or: King Lear Redux)

Monday: Steve Purcell

Wednesday: Carol Rutter

10

The Tempest

Monday: The Tempest: in which Shakespeare reimagines his career

Wednesday: The Tempest: Last Words

Monday: Carol Rutter

Wednesday: Tony Howard

Seminar Times 2017-18:

Monday 4:00-5:30pm (H5.01)

Tuesday 9:00-11:00 (CAPITAL Reheasal Room)

Wednesday 9:00-11:30 (CAPITAL Rehearsal Room)

Thursday 11:00-12:30 (H5.43)

Thursday 4:00-5:30pm (CAPITAL Rehearsal Room)

Thursday 5:30-7:00pm (CAPITAL Rehearsal Room)

Friday 9:00-11:00 (H5.43)

Friday 10:00-11:30 (H5.42)

Friday 12:00-1:30pm (H5.42)

Friday 3:00-4:30pm (H5.43)