Shakespeare: the Play, the Word and the Book

Level 6 (30 credits)

This module examines Shakespeare's development as a dramatic artist and as a writer and will cover a range of his plays in detail. It enables you to move beyond reading the plays and situates his work within the specific historical contexts of stage history and print culture, it also examines the latest developments in Shakespeare criticism. We will consider the ways in which Shakespeare re-worked his source material, examine the dramatic and artistic contexts of the period, and look at the variety of ways in which his texts appeared in both performance and in print. We will examine some of the problems involved in the transmission and editing of Shakespeare's texts, and the resulting implications for criticism and performance.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Why take
Shakespeare: the Play, the Word and the Book

  • Learn everything about Shakespeare that you weren't told at AS level or in the first year module!
  • Read some of the great plays--Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet--and some of the more obscure ones--Taming of the Shrew and Comedy of Errors.
  • Discover how there are two, sometimes three versions of the same play, and what we do about it...
Learning Context Long Seminar + Workshop (or equivalent)
Semester One
  1. Participation, 10%
  2. Written Assignment 1 (2000 words), 25%
  3. Written Assignment 2 (4000 words), 65%
Mode of reassessment Standard