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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English Literature

Postgraduate Course: Political Shakespeare (Level 11) (ENLI11188)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the political questions that matter most within a range of primarily historical and tragic dramas written across Shakespeare┐s career. Its first part will focus on a sequence of early plays and it will consider how these works address the political divisions and dilemmas that dominated late Elizabethan culture. Its second part will examine the shared concerns of three plays, all written in close proximity at the end of the sixteenth century, with questions of succession, resistance, and the rise of a new form of political sovereignty. To conclude, the course will consider the impact of the Jacobean succession on Shakespeare┐s political thought and dramatic composition. It will consider how James's mode of kingship affected Shakespeare's understanding of political life.

*This course is taught jointly with undergraduate students and consequently postgraduate places are limited
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  3
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 4000 words (100%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have an overview of how Shakespeares political thought developed across his career as a dramatist and some of the core preoccupations of the plays.
  2. Become aware of how these plays absorb and intervene in the key political debates of their period of composition.
  3. Students will also have considered how different genres and different theatrical contexts affect the way in which the plays explore political ideas and arguments.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with ENLI10347
KeywordsPS
Contacts
Course organiserDr Dermot Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
Email: Dermot.Cavanagh@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
Email: Kara.McCormack@ed.ac.uk
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