Level of study Third/Final year
Credit value 20
Semester This module runs across both 1 and 2.
Pre-requisite modules You must have completed at least two years of appropriate study in this discipline.
This module will require you to build on your prior knowledge of Shakespeare's plays (from A level, from theatre visits and from the culture as a whole) and to undertake independent research with your peers in order to gain an advanced understanding of the work, times and impact of Shakespeare. A series of 10 lectures, delivered by staff from the Shakespeare Institute, will address the key critical methods and scholarly issues that underpin modern approaches to Shakespeare. These will be illustrated with reference tocase studies drawn from Shakespeare's plays. You will be required to work in seminar groups (supported by staff via WebCT) to extend and test the approach of the lectures to different plays.The use of WebCT will allow you to participate in and contribute to the findings of other groups. In each semester there will be one scheduled visit to see a performance of a Shakespeare play. In the case of the Stratford visit, you will be encouraged to use the resources of the Shakespeare Institute library and will receive an additional opportunity to engage in pre-performance discussion about Shakespeare in modern performance. Productions of particular plays in other venues in the region can also be used by the groups working on those plays.