Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Drama Studies and English

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

To study literatures in English across a range of genres and historical periods
To analyse the production, consumption and reception of texts within their historical and cultural context
To appreciate a range of literary traditions, both dominant and marginal, and their effects on cultural formations and identities
To appreciate and understand a range of theoretical approaches to the study of literature
An appreciation of the complexity and variety of language and genre
To relate literary texts to other media and discourses
Initially to introduce, then to develop and finally to deepen students' understanding of drama, theatre and performance through a theoretical and practical engagement with varieties of texts and performance.
Students will enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills and will be encouraged to work in groups to achieve intellectual and performative ends. Practical groupwork fosters confidence and creativity, and allows students a taste of team-working that they may experience beyond graduation.
To develop backstage as well as performance skills as a way of exploring drama, theatre and performance in terms of literature and theatre practice.

Course learning outcomes

A knowledge of forms, practices, traditions and histories of performance and some of the theoretical frameworks relevant to those histories.

An understanding of the relationship between a written text and its theatrical performance.

The ability to develop a critical argument orally and in written form with the use of primary and secondary sources.

Competence in the close reading, description and analysis of dramatic texts and performances.

An understanding of the processes involved in making performance collaboratively.

A knowledge of key theatre theorists and practitioners and a range of techniques and methods for making theatre.

An understanding of the ways in which acting theories and issues of stagecraft can inform practice.

An ability to apply relevant theories and debates to staging texts.

An enhanced critical vocabulary to discuss how contemporary history, culture and politics inform performance practices.

A knowledge of a range of texts, productions, and movements from 19th to 21st century practices, traditions and histories of performance.

A knowledge of the techniques that different playwrights, practitioners and companies use in generating writing for performance.

A range of research skills such as planning, structuring research and using archival and bibliographic material effectively.

The ability to reflect critically on the relationships between dramatic texts and other media (eg. film, literature, photography).

The ability to work effectively in a group and apply the skills needed for the realization of practice-led work.

An ability to manage workloads, meet deadlines and coordinate agreed project objectives.

Awareness of the creative skills and processes of production, design and rehearsal by which performance is created, and experience of their realization and presentation in performance.

Demonstrate competence in the close reading, description and analysis of literary texts.

Distinguish generic literary conventions and describe their importance for the shaping of meaning.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the distinctive characters and histories of texts written in the principal genres of poetry, fiction and drama.

Understand the influence on literature and on literary theory of cultural norms, historical circumstances, discourses of authorship and modes of textual production.

Structure and develop an argument in clear prose and demonstrate command of a broad range of critical vocabulary and critical concepts.

Reflect critically on the relationships between literature and other media including film.

Apprehend the range and diversity of global literature in English.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of literature in English from different periods, including literature from before 1800.

Use bibliographic and referencing skills appropriate to the discipline and in conformity with professional conventions.

Demonstrate effective oral communication skills through participation in seminars and/or in group presentations or through other media as appropriate.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 1 (Q3120)154
  CoreReading Genre 1 (Q3122)154
  CoreThinking Through Theatre (Q3255)304
 Spring SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 2 (Q3123)154
  CoreReading and Staging Theatre Texts (Q3258)304
  CoreReading Genre 2 (Q3125)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreApproaches to Contemporary Performance (Q3107)305
  OptionPeriod of Literature: 1500-1625 (Q3131)305
  Period of Literature: 1625-1750 (Q3133)305
  Period of Literature: 1750-1880 (Q3135)305
  Period of Literature: 1860-1945 (Q3137)305
 Spring SemesterOptionPerformance: Directing and Composition (Q3261)305
  Performing Practices (Q3284)305
  Primitivism at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Q3188)155
  Romance (Q3272)155
  Sense and Sexuality: Women and Writing in the Eighteenth Century (Q3097)155
  Staging the Renaissance: Shakespeare (Q3059)155
  The Nineteenth-Century American Short Story (Q3271)155
  The Novel (Q3060)305
  Transatlantic Rhetoric: Public Speech and Anglo-American Writing 1750-1900 (Q3187)155
  Victorian Things (Q3281)155
  Word & Image (Q3286B)155
  Writing for Theatre (Q3026)305
  Writing Poetry (Q3204)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterCoreIssues and Perspectives in Contemporary Performance (Q3262)306
  OptionSpecial Author(s): Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and the Postcolonial Caribbean (Q3080)306
  Special Author: Mary Wollstonecraft (Q3183)306
  Special Author: Salman Rushdie (Q3046)306
  Special Author: Samuel Beckett (Q3021)306
  Special Author: Virginia Woolf (Q3023)306
  Special Author: Vladimir Nabokov (Q3195)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAn American in Paris 1860-1960 (T7054D)306
  Arts and Community (Q3311)306
  Documentary America: Non-Fiction Writing (Q3142D)306
  Experimental Writing (Q3199)306
  Independent Research Project: Dissertation (Q3263)306
  Independent Research Project: Practical (Q3264)306
  On Touch: Critical Theories, Medieval and Modern (Q3200)306
  Queer Literatures (Q3186)306
  School Placement Project (Q3293)306
  Spectacular Imaginings: Renaissance Drama and the Stage 1580-1640 (Q3202)306
  Technologies of Capture: Photography and Nineteenth Century Literature (Q3192)306
  The Literatures of Africa (Q3079)306
  The Uncanny (Q3051)306
  Utopias and Dystopias (Q3119)306

Course convenors

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Matthew Dimmock
Professor of Early Modern Studies
T: +44 (0)1273 877663

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William McEvoy
Senior Lecturer in English
T: +44 (0)1273 876609

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