Module Identifier DR31220  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Mr Richard Cheshire  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite DR10120 , DR10220  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours 10 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminar   10 Hours 10 x 1 hour seminars and occasional practical workshops  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours 2 hour written exam   60%  
  Essay   Essay (2500 words)   40%  

The aims of the module are:

- To deepen students' familiarity with the French Neo-classical drama of Racine and Moliere.
- To broaden students' awareness of English Restoration comedy through a study of selected texts.
- To challenge commonly held assumptions about how the plays were originally staged and performed and the audiences? response to them.
- To explore the challenges of deconstructing and/or reinterpreting these texts for modern audiences.

Learning Outcomes:

Typically, by the end of the module, a student will be able:

- To develop the ability to analyse texts in their historical and theatrical context.
- To develop the ability to discuss seminal texts in detail, both on paper and through oral means.
- To develop the requisite communication and oral presentation skills in order to allow him/her to do so.
- To co-operate as part of a group in presenting an argument in the analysis of course material.


A study of selected texts and investigation in to the social, historical, political and theatrical contexts of the plays chosen. In seminars and occasional practical workshops, students will consider the challenges facing practitioners today when attempting to realise the texts in performance.

Reading Lists
The following texts will be studied in detail:.
** Essential Reading
Moliere. The School for Wives and The Misanthropist (trans. Dr John Edmunds), available from the Departmental Office..
Racine. Phaedra and Britannicus (trans. Dr John Edmunds), available from the Departmental Office..
Wicherley. The Country Wife and The Plain Dealer.
Etherege. The Man of Mode.
Congreve. The Way of the World.
Students should also make full use of the collection of videos and recordings available from the Module Co-ordinator. Productions of most of the texts studied as well as interviews and documentaries and other useful source material can also be borrowed..
** Recommended Text
Howe, Elizabeth. The First English Actresses, Women in Drama.
Clark, Max Stafford. Letters to George. Nick Hearn Books
Callow, Simon. Acting in Restoration Comedy 1660-1720.
Bregson, H. (trans. Brereton and Rothwell). (1921) Laughter.
Moore, W.G.. (1971) The Classical Drama of France.
Arnott, P.. An Introduction to French Theatre. Macmillan Press
Lough, J.. Seventeenth Century French Drama, The Background. Oxford University Press
Styan, J.L.. Restoration Comedy in Performance. CUP
Masters, Antony. The Play of Personality in Restoration Comedy.
Powell, Jocelyn. Restoration Theatre Production.
Loftis, John. Restoration Drama.
Turnell, Martin. The Classical Moment.
** Essential Reading