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This unit explores a selection of playscripts by Shakespeare. The eight plays selected for close study embody radically different visions of life (or "worlds").
Four strands are interwoven in this study:
(i) The time and mentality of the period of the performances of the plays themselves in London of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century;
(ii) Some major responses to Shakespeare himself which remain culturally influential frameworks (or ideologies), particularly those associated with key intellectual movements since the early nineteenth century onwards up to our own times;
(iii) Ways of reading and performing the plays themselves, taking account of the physical characteristics of the stage for which Shakespeare wrote (especially The Theatre, The Globe, and Blackfriars); and
(iv) Adaptations of the plays, ranging from cinematic renditions to modern stage versions.
Tutorial participation and presentation 10%, Critical analysis 1800 words 45%, Thematic essay or creative-exegetical project 1800 words 45%
Online exercise 10%, Critical analysis 1800 words 45%, Thematic essay or creative-exegetical project 1800 words 45%
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