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Drama and Melodrama from Diderot to Hugo

Module Code: FR402
Module Name: Drama and Melodrama from Diderot to Hugo
Module Coordinator: Dr Margaux Whiskin
Not running 2018-19
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

Crime, punishment, remorse and retribution, spectacular scenery and musical extravaganza were all to be found in the plays of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Wildly popular in their day, they offered a mix of emotional effects, social comment, and sensational plots. You will be exploring the evolving nature of French drama of the period as playwrights tried to break down the barrier between comedy and tragedy and produce drama relevant to the changing social and political climate. We will examine the drame bourgeois of Diderot and Sedaine, Beamarchais's theatrical innovations, the gloomy melodramas of the revolutionary period, and finish with the swash-buckling drames romantiques of Hugo and Dumas.

Assessment Method:

These final-year modules will be examined EITHER by a combination of assessed work (50%) and formal examination (50%) OR solely by assessment (100%).