English Literature with Shakespeare Studies second year modules

Compulsory modules

Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean

These modules will offer a powerful and pleasurable encounter with our most valued writer: Shakespeare. The modules are founded on close reading and experience of the Elizabethan and Jacobean plays as scripts and performances, and on the chance to explore and analyse them as such. They seek to equip students to think about and enjoy Shakespeare’s plays and poems for themselves. The modules will offer students the opportunity to read texts from the Elizabethan and Jacobean period of Shakespeare’s writing career, and will explore questions of genre, dramaturgy, poetic form, historical context, and political and philosophical engagement specific to that period.

Optional modules (may include)

English Literature Options (students choose at least 2)

  • Drama (see below for options)
  • Decadents and Moderns
  • Earliest English
  • Literature 1950-Present
  • Popular Fiction Before the Novel
  • Renaissance Poetry
  • Restoration and Revolution
  • Romantics and Victorians

Drama (if taking, students choose 1 practical and 1 study option)

Practical Options

  • Approaches to Acting
  • Immersions and Interactivity in Performance
  • Voice and the Actor

Study Options

  • British Theatre
  • Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
  • Performance and Nation
  • Politics, Crisis and Performance