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Theatrical Cultures: Renaissance to Restoration (EAS2105)

30 credits

Theatrical Cultures in Early Modern England tracks the development of English drama from the Elizabethan period through to the Civil War. The module has a strong focus on theatre history, which it combines with a consideration of dramatic genres and fashions, thematic concerns, production contexts and technical/architectural developments. Students will learn about the distinct theatrical cultures of the Elizabethan public stages and inns of court, and private performances at court and in indoor venues in Stuart England. The module’s texts will illuminate how cultural developments, such as increasing opportunities for women’s participation in theatrical culture, the influence of European dramatic models or the growth of commerce and a mercantile middle class, are related to the development of English drama.

This module is aimed at SH English and CH English and Drama or History students. It has no prerequisites, although Level 1 “Rethinking Shakespeare” (English) is a good preparation.