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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.



Convenor 2018/19: Paul Prescott


Monday 2-3pm (Woods-Scawen Room, Arts Centre) NO LECTURE ON MONDAY OF WEEK 1

Wednesday (H0.51) 12-1pm

Seminar Times - NO SEMINARS IN WEEK 1

Tuesday 9:30-11:00am (T); 11:00-12:30pm (H); 12:30-2:00pm (H); 2:30-4:00pm (T)

Wednesday 9:00-11:30am (P)

Friday 9:00-10:30am (T); 11:00-12:30pm (T); 1:00-2:30pm (T)

N/B - the Hybrid (H) and Practical (P) versions of these seminars are ONLY available to Finalists. Traditional (T) seminar versions are open to all Honours students.

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 2018 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.


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

7 - The Taming of the Shrew

8 - Twelfth Night

9 - Measure for Measure

10 - Troilus and Cressida

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

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