Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
Module code: EN1050
Module co-ordinator: Professor Sarah Knight
In this module, you'll develop your knowledge of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, analysing them within their social and political contexts, taking account of early modern staging methods, theatrical conditions, and composition and printing practices. You will become familiar with different dramatic genres and consider questions of class, gender, race, and education. You will also learn more about how early modern drama developed between the late 1580s and the 1620s.
You will read at least seven plays for this module. Four of these will be selected by your tutor from the following pairs of set texts:
- Marlowe, The Jew of Malta
Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
- Marlowe, Edward II
Shakespeare, Richard III
- Marlowe, Doctor Faustus
Shakespeare, The Tempest
- Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
The other texts will include at least two more plays by Shakespeare and at least one more play by a contemporary author.
Teaching for this module consists of a combination of seminars, lectures, and film screenings.
The assessment for this module consists of:
- Review of a theatrical production or film version of a Renaissance play, 1,500 words (30%)
- Exam, two and a half hours (70%)