This introductary module offers students the opportunity to study up to five of Shakespeare's plays in their original theatrical and historical contexts. Plays currently on the syllabus include Richard III, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar (although this is subject to change year on year). You will be given a standing ticket for at least one production of one of the set plays at Shakespeare's Globe on Bankside, London in the first few weeks of the module, at no extra cost. The teaching is delivered as large one-hour lectures, followed by one hour small-group seminars. The lectures are prepared and delivered in the lecture hall by two lecturers who interact with one another and the audience, They combine close reading of the texts with use of video clips from productions put on at Shakespeare's Globe and other filmed productions in order to encourage the students to read them not just as words on the page but as live events in the theatre. The small-group seminars encourage preparation and discussion online during the week and concentrate on close reading the plays. There will be two coursework assessments, one to be submitted in the first half of the module, the other by the last week of the module. The first will ask you to paraphrase and contextualise a selected passage from the plays, and the second will ask you to write an essay based on analysis of particular scenes.
Connected course(s): UDF DATA Assessment: 100.0% Coursework Level: 4