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ENH4700 - Drama of the Age of Shakespeare

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Peter Groves


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit covers Shakespeare's plays in their various categories, as well as plays by the most outstanding of his contemporaries. Each work is studied in its theatrical, political and philosophical contexts, and in many seminars individual scenes in historically important productions will be watched on video (eg the lead up to the murder of Duncan in Macbeth as directed by Polanski, Kurosawa and the RSC). Shakespeare's varying reception across the centuries will be considered, and some attention will be given to transformations of Shakespeare into other media (eg into grand opera: Verdi, Othello, on film).


Seminar paper (1500 words): 20%
Essay (2500 words): 30%
Essay (3500 words): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week