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EL45AD: STAGING THE CITY: RENAISSANCE URBAN DRAMA (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

Drama was the entertainment phenomenon of the early modern period: a popular art form that developed swiftly and attracted mass audiences. London was both the city that played host to this new cultural form, and the subject of much of its output. The course will examine the relation between life in the early modern city and the great flowering of drama by celebrated authors of the period.  Using works by well-known writers such as Middleton, Jonson and Shakespeare, as well as lesser known authors, we will explore how the plays of the period engage with key concerns of urban living.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Andrew D. H. Gordon

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

  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • English (EL)

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

Drama was the entertainment phenomenon of the early modern period: a popular that art form that developed swiftly and attracted mass audiences. London was both the city that played host to this new cultural form, and the subject of much of its output. In this course we will examine the relation between life in the early modern city and the great flowering of drama by the most celebrated authors of the period.  Using works by well know writers such as Middleton, Jonson and Shakespeare, as well as lesser known authors, we will explore how the plays of the period engage with key concerns of urban living. Incorporating interactive technology, we will plot the relations of key texts to the places and locations of the early modern city. The course will cover such topics as: urban ritual, sexing the city; ideal cities, and spatial drama.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 34, 38

More Information about Week Numbers


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Summative Assessments

Essay 50%

Project 40%

SAM 10%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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