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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will examine in depth the following plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Lear, Twelfth Night, Othello and The Tempest. It will consider the plays in relation to a number of issues and approaches, starting with questions of close analysis and interpretation, moving out to historicism versus anti-historicism, new approaches to early modern literature (and literature in general), especially new historicist, feminist, and materialist, and some issues of editing, transmission, transformation, and performance.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Salzman

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Subject rules

Prerequisites 45 credit points of 2nd year English subjects, or coordinators approval.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA Midsummer Night's DreamPrescribedWilliam ShakespeareANY EDITION
ReadingsKing LearPrescribedWilliam ShakespeareANY EDITION
ReadingsOthelloPrescribedWilliam ShakespeareANY EDITION
ReadingsThe TempestPrescribedWilliam ShakespeareANY EDITION
ReadingsTwelfth NightPrescribedWilliam ShakespeareANY EDITION

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