Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Staging the Renaissance: Shakespeare

Module Q3059

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

Staging the Renaissance studies a range of Shakespeare's plays (comedies, tragedies, tragi-comedies and romances) from different stages of his career, analysing the playwright's stagecraft, his poetry, his use of language and his reworking of traditional forms for the commercial stage. Although it explores some recent adaptations for stage and screen, it is particularly interested in the plays as produced in their original historical and cultural contexts. The module will thus familiarise students with Renaissance drama's negotiation of contested social and political issues at the turn of the seventeenth century. It investigates the social processes of the theatre, notably the playhouses used by Shakespeare's company (the Theatre, the Globe and Blackfriars), and is particularly interested in the interplay of Shakespearean texts and their performance in the production of meaning.

Module learning outcomes

Analyse questions of genre, language and stagecraft.

Formulate their own responses to the drama, relating texts accurately to their social, political and cultural contexts.

Contribute knowledgeably to current critical debates about Shakespearean drama.

Competently research, organise, reference and present their ideas in written form.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 2 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

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Dr Chloe Porter

Convenor, Assess convenor

Ms Anne Crawford

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

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