Undergraduate Course: Early Drama: Performance and Reception (ENLI10297)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will cover a range of plays written and performed in England and Scotland from the late medieval period to the early Renaissance. It will explore the ways in which dramatists represented important social and political issues, addressing themes such as political power and disorder, morality and vice, male and female sexuality, and spiritual redemption through often startling combinations of comedy, pathos, humanity, and brutality. It will also look at the ways in which these plays self-reflexively examine dramatic representation itself as an issue, foregrounding their own performances and the responses of spectators as parts of the process of play-making. The ways in which early drama has been represented on the modern stage will also be considered, via recordings of modern productions of early plays (and where possible live productions), in order to explore the challenges of producing early drama in the modern theatre.
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of the module, students will be able to,
? Discuss critically the central features of drama in the pre-playhouse period
? Discuss the cultural background to key pre-Shakespearean dramatic texts
? Analyse dramatic texts as records of and/or scripts for performance
? View dramatic productions in a sophisticated and informed way, alive to both the similarities and differences between the early and modern stage
? Write a brief, informed review of a dramatic production
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Numbers are limited, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling. In the case of excess applications places will be decided by ballot.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance at Autonomous Learning Group for one hour a week at times to be arranged.
|Course organiser||Prof Greg Walker
|Course secretary||Mrs Catherine Williamson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620