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Undergraduate Course: Theatre: Medieval to Renaissance (ENLI10121)

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SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn investigation into the range of performance practices in Britain before the building of the playhouses in 1570s. The course will explore the civic street theatre of the towns (the mystery cycles); the moral and spiritual concerns of the drama that was performed in major households (morality plays); the political and topical uses of drama during the Reformation; and the unscripted theatres of spectacle, pageantry and disguising. It will address the social, religious and political contexts of these theatrical forms. It will conclude with an exploration of the changing dramatic forms that accompanied the building of the playhouses in the 1570s
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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) OR American Literature 2 (ENLI08006))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of three college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or creative writing are not considered for admissions 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 three to four literature classes at grade A.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will become familiar with a range of different playtexts and non-scripted theatre of the period. They will understand the different ways in which mystery and morality drama emerged from and promoted medieval devotion, the social operation of drama within the urban and household communities of late medieval Britain, the political uses of drama in the early sixteenth century, and the cultural concenrs of the new commercial theatre. They will be equipped to explore the performance, staging, and sociological aspects of theatre in relation to playtexts.
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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).
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Course organiserDr Sarah Carpenter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3608
Course secretaryMrs Catherine Williamson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620
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