|Teacher/Coordinator: Dr H Griffiths|
Classes: Two 1 hr lectures and one 1hour tutorial
Assessment: 1.5-hour exam, 2500-word essay based on weekly journal, tutorial presentation.
Textbooks: Greek drama: texts TBA, will include representative dramas of Tragedy, Old Comedy, and both Greek and Roman New Comedy. A course reader may be provided.
Renaissance Drama: An Anthology of Plays and Entertainments, ed. Arthur Kinney(Blackwell,
2005), for the following plays:
Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy
Middleton, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
|This unit begins with a survey of the beginnings of western theatre in the Classical era (texts include Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy). The various traditions of medieval theatre - farce, mystery play, morality play - may then be examined, to illuminate the rich inheritance utilised by English Renaissance drama. Plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries conclude the unit. Lectures will include the physical and social conditions of theatre; performance; and film and other modern versions of selected texts.|