10 cp Prerequisites 10 cp from 200-level unit in Literature Teaching Organisation: This unit will include lectures, tutorials and web-enhanced learning and may include an excursion. 12-week semester or equivalent in intensive block mode.
This unit introduces students to some of the literature, art and thought of Renaissance England, and provides opportunity for close interpretative reading of dramatic and poetic texts. The unit may also allow for the production and performance of selections from Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. The main focus of the unit is the work of William Shakespeare, from his poetry and early plays to the plays of his maturity, with reference also to other dramatists and to poetry of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. The unit explores the nature of the Elizabethan stage, its theatrical function and its symbolic significance.