Contact: Dr Kirsty Rolfe Overlap: None Prerequisite: None
Renaissance Drama offers an in-depth look at arguably the most exciting and innovative period of English drama: from late medieval religious drama, through the emergence of commercial theatre in the 1570s, the closure of theatres under the Long Parliament, to Restoration drama. It will investigate the preoccupations of early modern dramatists, as they wrote about their city and country, native citizens and exotic strangers, and developed the language and technical resources of the theatre. In Semester One we will examine London theatre, both through plays about the capital, and a walking tour of playhouse sites; this will lead into five weeks exploring how the theatre imagined itself and complicated the act of playing through meta-theatricality. In Semester Two we will be exploring two themes that appeared repeatedly in Renaissance plays ¿ early modern attitudes to strangers and others, and concepts of justice ¿ in order to understand the social conditions, attitudes and laws that shaped English lives in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Connected course(s): UDF DATA Assessment: 100.0% Coursework Level: 5