University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English Literature

Undergraduate Course: Tragedy and Modernity (ENLI10079)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the attempts made by various schools of theatre to revive the concept of tragedy within modernity. The crisis in enlightenment thinking triggers a debate about the possibility (or impossibility) of the tragic. The various schools of performance tackle this issue in differing and sometimes conflicting ways. Athenian Tragedy provides a set of conventions and concepts that are reworked in modernist fashion. At the same time, it provides an example of the vexed relationships between modernity, tradition and classicism. As a reconfiguration of the sublime, the aesthetic or the political, the tragic, as form and content, helps create new languages of performance. Through the works of Ibsen, Strindberg, Wilde, O'Neill, Brecht, Beckett and Heiner Muller this course examines the types of tragedy formulated within modernity.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016) OR English Literature 1 (ENLI08001)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Other Study Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 1 hour per week autonomous learning group
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 essay of 2,500 words (30%);
1 examination essay of 3,000 words (60%)
Class Participation (10%)

Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. to familiarise students with classical as well as modern theories of tragedy
  2. to examine the significance of psychoanalysis for tragic theory
  3. to familiarise students of the significance of performance conventions
  4. to create awareness of movements of performance
  5. to create a comparative approach between the different playwrights and to assess the significance of tragic theory within general literary theory
Reading List
Additional Information
Course URL
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 11 week(s). 1 hour a week attendance at Autonomous Learning Group - times to be arranged
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Olga Taxidou
Tel: (0131 6)50 3611
Course secretaryMs June Cahongo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information