|Module Title||THE APPROPRATION AND CANONISATION OF SHAKESPEARE 1660-1769|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Paulina Kewes|
|Other staff||Mrs Carol Marshall|
|Course delivery||Seminar||20 Hours (10 x 2 hr Seminars)|
|Assessment||Continuous assessment||2 essays (2,500 words each)||100%|
|Resit assessment||Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.|
The module will be taught in weekly two-hour classes. These will vary in form: there will be informal lectures, class discussions, work in groups, individual student presentations, and readings of scenes from plays. I shall be showing two films - Titus and Shakespeare in Love - on the evening preceding the relevant seminar.
A discussion of the conditions in which plays were written, published, and performed, in the Restoration period.
Handouts illustrating changes in theatre architecture and scene design will be provided.
2-3 Taming Women, Taming Men
William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew (1592); John Lacy, Sauny the Scot (1667)
4-5 'Serpent of old Nile' or 'a silly harmless household Dove': Shakespeare's and Dryden's Cleopatras
William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra (1608); John Dryden, All For Love; or, The World Well Lost (1678)
6-7 The Rapes of Lavinia
William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (1594); Edward Ravenscroft, The Rape of Lavinia.
8-9 Kingship, Incest, and the Pox
Shakespeare, Pericles 1608); George Lillo, Marina (1738)
10. Conclusion: The Shakespeare Myth
The construction of Shakespeare as the national icon; the aesthetic status of adaptation and appropriation;
to what uses is Shakespeare put today?
Film: Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare's plays: the New Arden Series
Lacy's Sauny the Scot and Dryden's All for Love: both in Sandra Clark, ed., Shakespeare Made Fit: Restoration Adaptations of Shakespeare (Everyman 1997)
Ravenscroft's Titus Andronicus and Lillo's Marina will be supplied in photocopy
Jonathan Bate, Shakespearean Constitutions: Politics, Theatre, Criticism, 1730-1830 (Oxford, 1989)
George C Branam, Eighteenth-Century Adaptations of Shakespearean Tragedy (Berkeley, 1956)
Michael Dobson, The Making of the National Poet: Shakespeare, Adaptation and Authorship, 1660-1769 (Oxford, 1992)
Elizabeth Howe, The First English Actresses: Women and Drama 1660-1700 (1992)
Robert D Hume, The Development of English Drama in the Late Seventeenth Century (Oxford, 1976)
Robert D Hume, 'Before the Bard: "Shakespeare" in Early Eighteenth-Century London', ELH, 64 (1997), 41-75.
David Scott Kastan (ed.), A Companion to Shakespeare (1999)
Paulina Kewes, Authorship and Appropriation: Writing for the Stage in England, 1660-1710 (1998)
Paulina Kewes, 'Shakespeare and New Drama', in A Companion to Literature from Milton to Blake (ed. David Womersley), pp 575-588, (2000)
Russ McDonald (ed.), The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An Introduction with Documents (1996)
Jean I Marsden, The Re-imagined Text: Shakespeare, Adaptation, and Eighteenth-Century Literary Theory (Lexington, 1995)
Jean I Marsden (ed.), The Appropriation of Shakespeare: Post-Renaissance Reconstructions of the Works and the Myth (New York, 1991).
Jocelyn Powell, Restoration Theatre Production (1984)
Gary Taylor, Reinventing Shakespeare: A Cultural History from the Restoration to the Present (New York, 1989)
Matthew H Wikander, 'The Spitted Infant: Scenic Emblem and Exclusionist Politics in Restoration Adaptations of Shakespeare', Shakespeare Quarterly, 37 (1986), 340-358
James Anderson Winn, John Dryden and His World (1987).