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EL40CT: CONTROVERSY AND DRAMA: MARLOWE TO REVENGE TRAGEDY (2019-2020)

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Course Overview

This course begins by considering the theatre that gave us Marlowe and Shakespeare, among other major dramatists, as an institution actively engaged in the controversies of politics and religion of the age.  Part 1 of the course focuses on the plays of Christopher Marlowe, whose controversial life is unusually well documented and whose plays starkly anticipate later tensions in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama .  Part 2 considers how those tensions in politics and religion developed in later drama, giving particular attention to the genre of revenge tragedy. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Thomas Rist

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

  • Either English (EL) or Literature In A World Context (LW)
  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims:

1. To enhance critical familiarity with early modern theatre
2. To enhance critical familiarity with the place of early moder theatre regarding early modern controversy
3. To enhance critical familiarity with the plays of Christopher Marlowe
4. To enhance critical familiarity with revenge tragedy
5. To enhance critical reading skills

Main Learning Outcomes:

1. Enhanced critical familiarity with early modern theatre
2. Enhanced critical familiarity with the place of early modern theatre regarding early modern controversy
3. Enhanced critical familiarity with the plays of Christopher Marlowe
4. Enhanced critical familiarity with revenge tragedy
5. Enhanced critical reading skills

Content:

Cast outside of London's walls, subject to censorship, Renaissance drama revelled in the controversies of its age, and no dramatist was more controversial than Christopher Marlowe. Taking in the place of the stage and its censorship-conditions, this course will begin by considering Marlowe's shocking treatments of ethics, politics, sexuality and religion on the English stage. It will then consider the development of these themes in authors such as Kyd and Shakespeare, in such influential works as The Spanish Tragedy and Hamlet, and the dramatic heritage of revenge tragedy these plays gave rise to in the turbulent eras of Renaissance and Reformation. Hamlet said theatre can show 'the very age and body of the time his form and pressure'. This course will study the pressures of his time, through the medium of some of its most striking dramatic works.

Contact Teaching Time

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Summative Assessments

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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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