School of English and Drama

Renaissance Drama I

Module code: ESH280A

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Friday 2 pm - 3 pm
  • Semester 1: Friday 3 pm - 4 pm

Contact: Dr Kirsty Rolfe
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Renaissance Drama I 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. 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.

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