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EL2011: ENCOUNTERS WITH SHAKESPEARE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 12 Apr 2017 16:18


Course Overview

So you think you know Shakespeare? This course invites you to think again. Studying a range of plays we get behind the mythology of Shakespeare, and rediscover the dynamic inventiveness of the Elizabethan theatre. Shakespeare and his contemporaries were the principal players in a period of literary experimentation that reinvented the possibilities of literature. Encounters with Shakespeare is your chance to find out more.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Andrew Gordon

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EL2006 Reading Shakespeare (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

So you think you know Shakespeare? This course invites you to think again. Studying a range of plays we seek to get behind the mythology of Shakespeare, and rediscover the dynamic inventiveness of the Elizabethan theatre. Shakespeare and his contemporaries were the principal players in a period of literary experimentation that reinvented the possibilities of literature. The playhouse was a new cultural venue in Shakespeare's time, and the language itself was a rapidly evolving medium to which drama gave voice. Building upon study of the language of Shakespeare and the conditions of the Elizabethan playhouse, this course examines the ways in which the theatre imagined and debated key issues of the period. What was the place of Shakespeare's theatre within the culture of his time? How did his plays engage with controversial questions of politics, religion and gender? And how did he bridge the demands of a form that was both popular entertainment and a leisure activity of the elite? Encounters with Shakespeare is your chance to find out.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • English Joint
  • English Major
  • MA English
  • MA English and Scottish Literature
  • MA English with Creative Writing
  • MA Languages and Literature of Scotland

Contact Teaching Time

32 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Continuous Assessment (100%) comprising:
Essay (on a single play) of 1500 words (30%)
Essay (comparative study of two plays) of 2000 words (50%)
Short Exercise (10%)
Tutorial Assessment Mark (10%)

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Assessed coursework will be returned to students within two weeks of submission with detailed comments and students will have the opportunity to discuss their work with tutors in specified office hourse. Generalised feedback on coursework highlighting issues needing attention, will be delivered in class as part of preparation for each successive assignment.

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