- Code ENGL3034
- Unit Value 6 units
In the popular imagination, drama is the dominant artistic form of the English Renaissance. However, the period in which works by Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Jonson were being written and performed for the public stage was remarkably brief. What cultural, material, and political conditions were conducive to this creative productivity? In what physical and social spaces were the plays staged? This course concentrates on reading Renaissance plays with a theatrical imagination. The aim is to develop an awareness of the living contingencies of their contexts of origin and to consider their legacies in the modern understanding of the term 'drama'. Playwrights to be studied include Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare, and Elizabeth Cary.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Read closely and understand a range of plays from the English Renaissance repertoire.
- Recognise aspects of dramatic form characteristic of Renaissance drama.
- Analyse a Renaissance play-text in the light of information about its original context.
- Experiment with interpreting the dramatic text through staging exercises using clear verbal directions and explanations.
Indicative Assessment1 x 500 word scene analyses (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]
2000 word presentation of director’s notes/research for staging scene (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
2000 word journal/essay (40%) [Learning Outcomes 4, 5]
Workshop participation (10%) [Learning Outcomes 3, 4]
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Workload1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour workshop per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|10229||23 Jul 2018||30 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||26 Oct 2018||In Person||N/A|