Classic drama: Aeschylus, Shakespeare and Chekhov

Course Dates: 17/01/22 - 28/03/22
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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You will read view and discuss three classic plays : Aeschylus’ Eumenides from The Oresteia, Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Seagull by Chekov in terms of themes, language, their social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00

Course Code: HLT24

Mon, day, 17 Jan - 28 Mar '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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What is the course about?

You will read view and discuss three classic plays : Aeschylus’ Eumenides from The Oresteia, Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Seagull by Chekov in terms of themes, language, their social and historical contexts and how they work as performance texts.

What will we cover?

1 Dramatic elements such as structure, language ,dialogue, characterisation and use of dramatic irony
2 What the plays reveal about social, political and historical conditions at the time of their writing.
3 How the plays work in performance and how different interpretations shed light on different aspects of the play.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Demonstrate a fuller appreciation of the language of the plays

-Appreciate the ability of the dramatic form to deal with major aspects of the human condition.

-Understand how the playwrights construct character, create relationships between characters and introduce dramatic tension

-Have a greater understanding of the political, historical and social nature of the society in which the different plays were written.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Some experience of the study of dramatic text would be useful.
Learners will ideally need the following skills and attributes:
An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups
A willingness and ability to do some reading and preparation outside the class
An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.
An interest in understanding how the writers use language to achieve effects.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A variety of teaching methods will be used including tutor lecture, large and small group discussion, text reading and the viewing of play extracts on film.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need to buy or borrow copies of the texts to be studied:
Aeschylus Oresteia Oxford World Classic edition translated by Christopher Collard (edition important so we are all using same translation)
Macbeth by Shakespeare Penguin edition
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. Penguin Classics edition translated by Peter Carson (again same translation important).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

See other drama courses on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk/courses under History, Culture & Writing/Literature/Drama Plays and Players-.

Jenny Baynes

Jenny has a BA in Literature and an MA in Performance Arts, She has taught English and Drama in schools and Further Education Colleges and English Literature at University level. She has taught Literature at The City Lit since 1998 and was the Co-ordinator for Literature and Film for the Humanities Department for several years. Jenny writes plays and poetry and has been a stand up poet.

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