This is a Pathway Approved Option for the English Pathway and one of the Distributional Requirements for the Theory, World, and North American Pathways.
CURRENT STUDENTS: PLEASE USE THE MOODLE FOR THIS MODULE:
Convenor 2018/19: Paul Prescott
Monday 2-3pm (Arts Centre) NO LECTURE ON MONDAY OF WEEK 1
Wednesday (H0.51) 12-1pm
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.
***INDICATIVE SYLLABUS FOR 2018-19***
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.
Slides from the current week's lectures are posted on this site after the lectures are given.
What are they writing?
This section gives you a flavour of some of the things your tutors are currently researching.
- Steve Purcell, draft of 'The Player's Game', publication forthcoming
- Steve Purcell, 'What Country, Friends, Is This?', Shakespeare Survey 66
- Carol Rutter, draft of Chapter 1, Antony and Cleopatra in Performance, for Manchester University Press
- Paul Prescott, proof of 'Chapter 1: Shakespeare and the Theatre' from Shakespeare's Creative Legacies, eds. Paul Edmondson and Peter Holbrook, Arden, 2016.
- Peter Mack, 'Reading and Rhetoric'
- Peter Mack, 'Proverbial Wisdom and Madness in King Lear'