EN04

The Life & Works of William Shakespeare

This program deals with the works of William Shakespeare as dramatic literature in the context of the theatrical milieu of his time, and with his poems. The course has been designed to:

  • help you identify what is characteristic about Shakespeare’s writing.
  • develop your understanding of the early modem theatre industry for which Shakespeare’s plays were written.
  • help you locate the plays you study in their sociocultural contexts.
  • help you explore a range of critical approaches to Shakespeare.
  • develop your knowledge of dramatic forms and terminology (such as soliloquy, chorus, blank verse, couplet, stichomythia, feminine endings).

Course Routes Offered

Qualification Route
BA BY DIRECTED COURSEWORK STUDY
MA BY DIRECTED COURSEWORK STUDY
PhD BY RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION

Course Modules

This study is organised around individual plays and topics. The following 10 plays are the ones from which six extracts will be drawn.

Module Code Module Title
EN04-001 Titus Andronicus (Roman History 1592)
EN04-002 Richard 3 (English History 1592-93)
EN04-003 King John (Tragedy 1596)
EN04-004 Henry 5 (English History 1598-99)
EN04-005 Troilus and Cressida (Problem Play 1602)
EN04-006 Measure for Measure (Problem Play 1603)
EN04-007 King Lear (Tragedy 1605)
EN04-008 Antony and Cleopatra (Roman History 1606)
EN04-009 Pericles (Romance 1607)
EN04-010 The Winter’s Tale (Romance 1610)

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