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EN302 - European Theatre

  • Module code: EN302
  • Module name: European Theatre
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce a range of major plays from the European dramatic tradition, concentrating on revenge tragedy, seventeenth-century comedy, metatheatre and Naturalism, and on conflicting twentieth-century concepts of dramatic ideology and form; To study plays in their historical context and as texts for performance, which involves reference to the original staging conventions and to modern productions. Where possible, plays are studied in performance - on stage or on the screen; To explore changing theatrical representations of class and gender; To consider the relationship between dramatic form, intellectual debate and cultural conditions, as reflected in the plays and theatrical periods in question; To introduce students to a number of theories of the drama, with reference to their practical application in playtexts and production; To consider the uses dramatists have made of existing genres and traditions; To develop students’ ability to analyze dramatic texts both as literature and as texts for performance.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have acquired knowledge of several major trends in European theatre and of the work of historically-significant playwrights and have developed a sense of the expressive possibilities of different dramatic languages: for example, poetic rhetoric, naturalistic dialogue, the choric voice, subtext, mise en scene, movement. They will also have gained some familiarity with theoretical debates, including Aristotle, Stanislavski and Brecht and acquired skills in reading dramatic texts. In addition, they will have developed argumentative skills in academic essays.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lecture and seminar

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergraduate/current/modules/fulllist/second/en302

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN302-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) First 3000 word essay 25%
  Second 3000 word essay 25%
  2-hour examination (Summer) 50%
C1 (Assessed/examined work) First 3000 word essay (NF) STAFF USE ONLY 25%
  Second 3000 word essay (NF) STAFF USE ONLY 25%
  2-hour examination (NF) STAFF USE ONLY 50%
C2 (Assessed/examined work) First 3000 word essay (F) STAFF USE ONLY 25%
  Second 3000 word essay (F) STAFF USE ONLY 25%
  2-hour examination (F) STAFF USE ONLY 50%
V1 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending single term only 100%
V2 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 1 & 2) 50%
  Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 2 & 3) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 2
Optional
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature with Intercalated Year (Q301) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing with Intercalated Year (QP37) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English and Latin Literature (QQ36) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies with Intercalated Year (QW35) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate European Studies with Italian (2+2) (T2R3) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate European Studies with Italian (2+2) (T2R3) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3