• A
  • A
  • A
Follow us on
ENGL2137 - The profession of playwright in early modern England
Instructor(s)
Semester
2019-2020 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 12:30 pm - 2:20 pm , MB249
Thursday , 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm , CPD-LG.17
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one ENGL course under List A and the other one under List B).

 

This subject introduces you to the exciting, edgy, and dangerous world of English Renaissance theatre. Focusing on the works of William Shakespeare alongside other contemporary playwrights like Marlowe, Tourneur, Jonson, and Webster, we will explore the material conditions and performance traditions of theatre in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. We will chart the emergence and development of English tragedy during this period, and pay close attention to the theatre’s representations of power, sexuality, marriage, race and cultural difference.

Topics

How plays were performed and who made up the audience; the business of the theater; moral censure of the theater and arguments in defense; rivalries among writers and acting companies; masques and royal patronage; the disguising of gender and race; and the theater as topos (e.g., “All the world’s a stage”).

Objectives

The purpose of this course is to improve students’ skills of literary analysis and critical argumentation as they learn about the vibrant world of English Renaissance theater, and the emergence of one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed dramatist.

Organisation

Lectures and discussion

Assessment

Assessment is by 100% coursework, consisting of:

Papers and presentations

There is also a hurdle attendance requirement.

Time management plays a key role in successful university study. Students need to keep in mind that as well as scheduled contact hours for lectures, tutorials and seminars, considerable additional time is needed to complete the academic requirements of each subject.

This course requires a minimum of 8 hours total time commitment a week (3 contact hours; and 5 hours spent for class preparation, reading, and assessment-related tasks.

Texts

Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Part 1

William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus

William Shakespeare, Othello

William Shakespeare, The Tempest

John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi


Instructor(s)
Semester
2019-2020 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 12:30 pm - 2:20 pm , MB249
Thursday , 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm , CPD-LG.17
Prerequisite
Passed 3 introductory courses (with at least one ENGL course under List A and the other one under List B).