School of English and Drama

Costume Dramas

Module code: DRA264

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Tuesday 11 am - 1 pm

Contact: Dr Bridget Escolme
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module explores the ways in which British culture has reproduced, appropriated and performed the past through costume and clothing. The 'performance' of the title includes historical plays and plays about history, novel adaptations on film and television and the performance of the self through 'retro' fashion. The module takes the visual cultures of costume and fashion as the starting point for an analysis of the ideological and historically situated meanings we make of the past. It is taught through seminars, video screenings, fieldwork (one piece of which may take place outside London) and at least one theatre visit.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 5