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Undergraduate Course: Early Modern Comedy (ENLI10367)

Course Outline
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
SummaryThis course focuses on comic writing for the English stage during one of its most exuberantly creative periods. Beginning with the romantic comedy of Shakespeare and concluding with some of the most daringly sceptical drama of the Restoration period, the course explores the varieties of comic theatre developed over the seventeenth century, including festive comedy, the carnivalesque, fable, city comedy, and different modes of satire. In doing so, it examines the comic engagement with a range of moral, social and political debates and conflicts. It also reads the plays in the light of theories and critical accounts of the purposes and workings of comedy, as well as in the context of the very different social and staging conditions obtaining at either end of the century.
Course description This course focuses on comic writing for the English stage during one of its most exuberantly creative periods. Beginning with the romantic comedy of Shakespeare and concluding with some of the most daringly sceptical drama of the Restoration period, the course explores the varieties of comic theatre developed over the seventeenth century, including festive comedy, the carnivalesque, fable, city comedy, and different modes of satire. In doing so, it examines the comic engagement with a range of moral, social and political debates and conflicts. It also reads the plays in the light of theories and critical accounts of the purposes and workings of comedy, as well as in the context of the very different social and staging conditions obtaining at either end of the century.
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))
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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 **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Other Study Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) one hour per week Autonomous Learning Group
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2500 word coursework essay (40%) submitted mid-semester;
plus 3000 word final essay submitted during exam period (60%).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. In their work for this course, students will develop their knowledge of the variety and kinds of comic writing for the English stage prevalent in the seventeenth century
  2. In their work for this course, students will demonstrate a developing understanding of the formal properties and characteristics of early modern comedy
  3. In their work for this course, students will analyse comic writing in the context of changing social and theatrical conditions
  4. In their work for this course, students will analyse comic writing in the light of theories of, and critical reflections on, the workings and purpose of comedy
  5. By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate the ability to reflect constructively on the development of their own learning and research practice
Reading List
Romantic Comedy
Lyly, Endymion
Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night¿s Dream

City Comedy
Dekker, The Shoemaker¿s Holiday
Jonson, Epicene
Middleton and Dekker, The Roaring Girl

Restoration Comedy
Wycherley, The Country Wife
Etherege, The Man of Mode
Behn, The Rover

Reading List

Primary Texts

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night¿s Dream (Oxford)
David Bevington, gen. ed. English Renaissance Drama: An Anthology (Norton)
Aphra Behn, The Rover (New Mermaids)
Gamini Salgado, ed. Three Restoration Comedies (Penguin)



Recommended

Matthew Bevis, Comedy (OUP)
Richard Bevis, English Drama: Restoration and Eighteenth Century, 1660-1789 (Longman)
Rick Bowers, Radical Comedy in Early Modern England (Ashgate)
Simon Critchley, On Humour (Routledge)
Penny Gay, The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies (CUP)
Deborah Payne Fisk (ed), The Cambridge Companion to English Restoration Theatre (CUP)
Elizabeth Howe, The First English Actresses: Women and Drama 1660-1700 (CUP)
Alexander Leggatt (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Comedy (CUP)
Alexander Leggatt, Introduction to English Renaissance Comedy (MUP)
Adam Zucker, The Places of Wit in Early Modern English Comedy (CUP)
Steven Zwicker (ed), The Cambridge Companion to English Literature 1650-1740 (CUP)
Additional Information
Course URL http://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures/english-literature/undergraduate/current/honours
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information one 2-hour seminar per week, plus one 1-hour autonomous learning group at time to be arranged
KeywordsComedy,Early modern literature,Renaissance,Restoration,theatre,English
Contacts
Course organiserProf James Loxley
Tel: (0131 6)50 3610
Email: James.Loxley@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
Email: hope.hamilton@ed.ac.uk
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