Gender, Race and Society in Early Modern Drama (Q3202)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module explores gender, race and society in plays performed principally on the London stages, c.1580-c.1680. We will look at plays by dramatists such as William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Aphra Behn, Margaret Cavendish and others, performed in a period of dramatic and far-reaching changes. At the start of this period women were forbidden from performing on the public stage; by the end there were a number of celebrated women writers and actors. In the same period the first British Empire was established and a revolution saw the king deposed and executed. How did playwrights respond to these major transformations, and how do notions of gender, race and society intersect in the plays they wrote?


31%: Lecture
69%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

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