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Undergraduate Course: Staging Enlightenment: Theatre 1660-1780 (ENLI10430)

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 examines Restoration and eighteenth-century English theatre in its social and historical contexts. We will explore a wide range of dramatic genres, from established genres - tragedy and comedy - to experimental forms like Restoration tragicomedy, heroic tragedy and farce. Key playwrights may include Dryden, Behn, Congreve, Centlivre, and Sheridan, but we will also discuss the theory and practice of performance in the period, the concurrent development of literary criticism, and the social role of the drama in this period.
Course description This course introduces students to the social world of the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries through the lens of drama and performance. The course ranges across dramatic genres over a long period of literary history in order to give students a solid grounding in the drama in its social and historical contexts. The course is designed to interrogate the idea of 'enlightenment', exploring not simply the dramatic texts, their performance and the rapidly expanding print market for plays, but also the ways in which they stage a culture marked by imperial expansion, the growth of the Atlantic slave trade, enclosure, urbanisation and the shift from merchant to industrial capitalism.

Students will attend weekly seminars, for which they will prepare by reading and researching these topics independently as well as meeting in autonomous learning groups. In addition to the primary texts named in the syllabus, the students will be asked to prepare critical materials independently and to assess and apply these materials in brief seminar presentations as well as in their essays.

In addition to their work in the seminars, students will be assessed by a term essay of 2,000 words and an exam essay of 3,000 words, the first due in Week 7 and the second during the exam period.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Literary Studies 1A (ENLI08020) AND Literary Studies 1B (ENLI08021) AND Literary Studies 2A: English Literature in the World, 1380-1788 (ENLI08024) AND Literary Studies 2B: English Literature in the World, post-1789 (ENLI08025)) OR ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016) AND English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2000 word coursework essay (30%) submitted mid-semester;
plus 3000 word final essay submitted during exam period (70%).
Feedback Students receive individual feedback for all coursework components. Students receive feedback on a formative coursework essay in advance of submitting their final (summative) essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. independently analyse and respond critically to a variety of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century and contemporary literary and critical material;
  2. build clear, coherent arguments about the relationships among literary texts and their wider seventeenth- and eighteenth-century cultural contexts;
  3. grasp key elements of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century performance practice and theory;
  4. present their historically and critically informed analyses in written formats
Reading List
The Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama, ed. Kristina Straub, Misty Anderson and Daniel O'Quinn (Routledge, 2017)

Dryden, All for Love (1677)

Etherege, The Man of Mode; or, Sir Fopling Flutter (1676)

Behn, The Widdow Ranter (1689)

Centlivre, The Busie Body (1709)

Lillo, The London Merchant (1731)

Sheridan, The School for Scandal (1777)

Congreve, Love for Love (1695), ed. Malcolm Kelsall (New Mermaids, Bloomsbury, 1999)

Rowe, The Fair Penitent (1703) (on Learn)

Steele, The Conscious Lovers (1722) (on Learn)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will encourage students to:

independently research and analyse challenging materials

effectively communicate their conclusions in different mediums and contexts

work collaboratively to solve problems

understand and develop sensitive responses to historical inequities
KeywordsEighteenth-century drama,theatre,performance,imperialism,sex and gender
Course organiserDr Rebecca Tierney-Hynes
Tel: (0131 6)50 8410
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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