What is the course about?
Read and discuss plays including 'Much Ado About Nothing' by William Shakespeare and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tenessee Williams, in terms of language, characterisation, ideas , structure and how they work as performance texts.
What will we cover?
The plays will be read and discussed in terms of dramatic structure, characterisation, themes and their effectiveness as performance texts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Read and discuss plays in terms of literary and performance texts
- Put plays studied into a clear historical and cultural context
- Identify key aspects of the work of the selected writers.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The level of the course is introductory. You will need an enthusiasm for reading, viewing and discussing a range of play texts. You will be willing and able to do some reading and preparation outside the class. You will interested in listening to – and learning from – the responses of other students to the works discussed.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A variety of teaching methods will be used including tutor input, large and small group discussions, video/dvd and reading. You will be asked to prepare sections of the text before class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You need to obtain a copies of:
Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare (Cambridge School Shakespeare - 3rd Edition)
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (Modern Classics (Penguin) Play edition).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the Literature courses in the prospectus or on the website under History Culture and Writing.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details