This course offers an in-depth exploration of English Renaissance theatre and its representations of desire and death on stage. Through studying five plays central to the period, students will learn about genres such as revenge tragedy and tragicomedy, understandings of sexuality and gender, and death and mourning. There will also be a focus on London's theatres and publishing industry. Students will be introduced to major theoretical and methodological approaches to the field and will be encouraged to undertake advanced research in the topic area.
Not currently offered.
This course replaces the following course(s): ENGL3021. Students who have successfully completed ENGL3021 are not eligible to enrol in ENGL2021.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Interpret Renaissance literary works at advanced undergraduate level;
2. Analyse critical and theoretical debates surrounding Renaissance Literature;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of Renaissance modes of cultural production such as performance and print, different literary genres, and themes;
4. Develop verbal communication skills by formulating research questions about Renaissance literature;
5. Apply skills of information literacy through the use of technology to perform research;
6. Demonstrate research, analysis, and written communication skills through developing a personal research project.
The course will focus on five plays central to the early modern theatres:
Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Philaster, or Love Lies a-Bleeding Elizabeth Cary, The Tragedy of Mariam
John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
John Ford, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore
This course also provides the opportunity for students to undertake advanced study and research on a topic of their choice inspired by the plays on the course. Focusing on a particular form, theme or approach, the course will allow students to develop specialised skills in literary analysis, contextual research, and informed scholarly critique. Students will receive training in the methodologies most pertinent to the topic area, which might include basic bibliography, theatre history, the history of the book, rhetorical tropes and figures, archival research, and the use of scholarly databases. The course offers a unique opportunity for students to engage with cutting edge developments in Renaissance Literature and undertake a research project preparing them for Honours in English.
Students cannot enrol in this course if they have previously successfully completed ENGL3021.
20 units of English
Annotated Bibliography: Annotated Bibliography (25%) *
Presentation: Presentation (10%) *
Proposal / Plan: Proposal / Plan (25%) *
Essay: Essay (40%) *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Proposal / Plan: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Annotated Bibliography: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
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