School of English and Drama


Module code: ESH101B

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Friday 11 am - 12 pm
    Film Screening
  • Semester 2: Weeks 1, 3, 5, 8: Wednesday 1 pm - 5 pm
  • Semester 2: Friday 12 pm - 1 pm
  • Semester 2: Friday 1 pm - 2 pm

Contact: Prof Warren Boutcher
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This introductory 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 Hamlet, As You Like It, Henry V, Othello and The Tempest (though this is subject to change year-on-year). 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 (on Bankside in London) and other filmed productions in order to encourage 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