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Undergraduate Course: Solid Performances: Theatricality on the Early Modern Stage (ENLI10100)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers the opportunity for students to engage with a number of early modern plays, masques and entertainments while exploring the significance of theatricality in both early modern and contemporary critical discourse. The course will introduce students to a range of dramatic writing from the early modern period, including work in a variety of forms and genres by Jonson, Middleton, Dekker, Milton, Daniel and Shakespeare. These works will be examined primarily as performance texts, and attention will be paid to modes of staging in early modern England. It will seek to extend students' knowledge and understanding of the concept of theatrical performance, as that concept is developed both in the self-reflexive theatre of early modernity and in critical writing on that theatre from early modern and contemporary standpoints.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of 4 college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as cross disciplinary, "Freshman Seminars", civilisation or creative writing classes are not considered for admission to this course.
Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course
having four or more literature classes at grade A.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be expected to:
Have a working knowledge and understanding of early modern practices of theatrical performance;
Demonstrate a basic familiarity with early modern and contemporary theories of performance and performativity;
Be able to identify and analyse a variety of kinds of performance text;
Be able to critically assess a range of writing on early modern theatricality by modern and contemporary critics.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Numbers are limited and students taking degrees not involving English or Scottish literature need the written approval of the head of English Literature
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance at Autonomous Learning Group at time to be arranged.
KeywordsENLI Solid Performances
Course organiserProf James Loxley
Tel: (0131 6)50 3610
Course secretaryMs June Haigh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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