Module Identifier DR30620  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr David Rabey  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite DR10120 , DR10220  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
  Seminar   10 Hours  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   60%  
  Essay   Essay (2500 words)   40%  

To examine a number of Shakespeare texts and to explore ways in which:

- Their creation and mediation was determined by original staging circumstances.
- Later generations restaged them in ways to create new meanings
- They might be staged creatively today.

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, upon completion of this module students should be able:

- To demonstrate a critical and analytical awareness of the theatricality of specific Shakespeare plays.
- To reflect analytically and critically on the assumptions which documented production choices embody.
- To show an understanding of the implications various critical approaches may generate for production choices.


During the study for this module students will encounter differing approaches to performances of selected texts.

Reading Lists
Essential Reading:.
The Taming of the Shrew.
Twelfth Night.
King Lear.
Titus Andronicus.
The Winter's Tale.
One other text to be chosen..
** Recommended Text
Calderwood, J.L.. (1989) The Properties of Othello.
Dessen, Alan. (1989) Titus Andronicus. Shakespeare in Performance: Manchester
Holderness, Graham. (1989) The Taming of The Shrew. Shakespeare in Performance: Manchester
Leggatt, Alexander. (1991) King Lear. Shakespeare in Performance: Manchester
Mangan, Michael. (1991) A Preface to Shakespeare's Tragedies. Longman
Mangan, Michael. A Preface to Shakespeare's Comedies. Longman
Parsons, K., & Mason, P. (eds). (1995) Shakespeare in Performance.
Ripley, John. (1998) `Coriolanus? on Stage in England and America 1609-1994. AUP, London
Thomson, Peter. (1992) Shakespeare?s Theatre. Routledge