BA Theatre Studies and English Literature

Theatre Studies and English Literature Tutorial I

This is a module where teaching and learning takes place in small groups of about five students who meet their tutor on a regular basis. The content of the tutorials will be tailored to your interests and needs, your strengths and weaknesses, with a view to developing your study skills and preparing you for your assessments. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Useful preliminary reading:

Michael Mangon, The Drama, Theatre and Performance Companion. Palgrave Macmillan

Reading, Reviewing, Interpreting

This module introduces students to the discipline of Theatre Studies and here you’ll learn how we describe, analyse and interpret theatre and performance. To do this you’ll take part in seminar discussions engaging with different approaches to, and critical perspectives on, theatre and also attend group and individual trips to the theatre. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Useful preliminary reading:

Martin Esslin, The Field of Drama. Methuen Drama
Robert Leach, Theatre Studies: The Basics. Routledge
Erika Fischer-Lichte, The Routledge Introduction to Theatre and performance Studies. Routledge
Past Theatre, Present Theatres

This module will give you a historical map of the development of theatre from the Early Modern period up to the present. It will give you an insight into the changes in theatrical styles, genres, politics and technologies across several hundred years, whilst introducing you to a wide range of writers, styles and contexts. Assessment is 100% coursework.

Useful preliminary reading:

Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine
Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, The Roaring Girl
John Ford, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Aphra Behn, The Rover
John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera
Dion Boucicault, The Octoroon
Henrik Ibsen, A Dolls House
Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado
Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera
Eugene Ionesco, The Chairs
Ann Jellicoe, The Sport of My Mad Mother
Edward Bond, Saved
Caryl Churchill, Cloud Nine
Sarah Kane, Blasted
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Behzti and Behud


Shakespeare and Performance (option)

The module samples a mix of Shakespeare’s plays and provides a broad introduction to the various emphases of contemporary Shakespeare study. We explore the specific forms of Shakespearean drama in their original contexts, including the performance practices of the time, but also in terms of modern and current scholarship. Assessment: 100% Coursework.

Useful preliminary reading:
Julius Caesar; Richard II; Macbeth; Twelfth Night; Measure for Measure; Hamlet; The Winter’s Tale


Poetry and Politics (option)

This module introduces students to both the varieties of modern poetry and the ways in which poetry engages with the world. It focuses principally on poetic works drawn from the last 200 years, focusing on topics like gender and the body, political voices, violence and conflict. Assessment: 100% Coursework.

Useful preliminary reading:
Terry Eagleton, How to Read a Poem. Wiley.
Rhian Williams, The Poetry Toolkit. Bloomsbury.


Keywords for Literary Studies (option)

What is meant by ‘realism’ or the ’image’ or the ‘unconscious’? This module introduces a series of ‘keywords’ that have been historically central to the study of literature. By exploring these words and concepts in relation to specific critical approaches to literary works, the module helps you develop your own critical and argumentative skills. Assessment: 100% coursework.

Useful preliminary reading:
Henry James, The Turn of the Screw. Oxford World’s Classics.
Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual’ and ‘The Man With the Twisted Lip’, in The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Penguin
Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography. Oxford World’s Classics.