|Delivery length / details
|10 x 2 Hour Seminars
|6 x 2 Hour Viewings
|Assessment length / details
|4 Hours 30 MINUTE GROUP SUMMATIVE ORAL PRESENTATION Oral presentation Half day for rehearsal and half day for actual exam 1 week apart. Room with DP and blackout ability required. Small seminar room.
|1 X 2,500 WORD ESSAY One essay of 2,500 words
|Supplementary Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves failure in the essay assignment, a new topic must be selected. In the event of failure in the oral presenation element, a 15 minute written script on a new topic, written as if for delivery, with accompanying visual aids to be submitted.
On completion of this module students should typically be able to:
1. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the set texts, and an informed awareness of their relationship to the generic traditions of comedy;
2. articulate this knowledge and awareness in the form of a reasoned critical analysis of particular texts;
3. relate the texts studied to early modern ideas about theatre and society, and to the conditions of tehatrical performance, and show how an understanding of these ideas and conditions can inform critical interpretation;
4. explain and engage with relevant aspects of recent critical and/or theoretical debates about the texts studies;
5. articulate some of their findings in the form of an oral presentation.
This module, taught to second-year students at level three, furthers their study of Renaissance comedy complements and extends the study of Renaissance theatre. It develops students' understanding of genre and of the complex and rapidly changing theatre of the period 1595-1615, and enables them to engage with recent theoretical debates about the relationship between theatre and society. It is designed to give students a solid grounding in the study of the early modern comic theatre on which they can build, if they so choose, in more specialised final-year project/dissertation work.
Teaching will be by ten two-hour seminars and will make regular use of small-group presentations.
Seminar 1 Introduction:
- Playwrights, Companies, Audiences (incorporating preparatory session on the mechanics of small-group presentation).
- Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Dekker, The Shoemaker's Holiday
- Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
- Jonson, Volpone
- Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
- Jonson, Bartholomew Fair
|Application of Number
|Written, through production of essay; and oral, through group discussions and presentations.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Through imdependent reading and research.
|Through powerpoint presentations.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|By critical self-reflection and through the development of transferrable communication and research skills.
|By developing evaluative analysis and critical skills and by formulating and conducting a detailed argument.
|By relating literary texts to historical contexts and by synthesising information in an evaluative argument.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Details critical/theoretical analysis of literary texts and evaluation of broad intellectualconcepts.
|Through group presentations
This module is at CQFW Level 6