School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies
TH228 Nineteenth-century Melodrama
Melodrama was one of the most popular forms of entertainment ever. Once dismissed as a meaningless example of mass culture, it has increasingly attracted critical attention in recent years. This course explores the genre, paying attention to the diversity of nineteenth-century melodrama, its changing role in society and its theatrical realization. Commencing with Gothic melodramas such as Frankenstein the module will also consider melodrama as a form of social protest, its representation of women, its increasing obsession with spectacle and its gradual absorption into film and television.
Jim Davis (jim dot davis at warwick dot ac dot uk)
Spring: Thursday – 14.30-16.30 - G52
Essay (3000 words) 60%
Assessed seminar presentation 20%
Written Portfolio 20%