What is the course about?
We will read, view and discuss two seminal dramas, focusing on the trajectory from play text to performance to better understand their work and continuing influence on contemporary theatre.
What will we cover?
Plays: Ibsen's Rosmersholm and Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the main themes of the plays.
- Recognise the social and historical framework for the texts.
- Examine the relationship between the plays and the nature of the society which they reflect and reveal.
- Appreciate the plays both as performance and literary texts.
We shall consider the play texts and view DVDs extracts of the performances, providing essential links to exploring 'text to performance'.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You will need an enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups. You will be willing and able to do some reading and preparation outside the class. You will be interested in listening to, and learning from, the responses of other students to the work discussed. You will have a commitment to developing your analytical skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor lecture, small and large group discussion; DVDs of filmed performances will be used to support the play texts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to obtain copies of the following texts:
Ibsen's Rosmersholm (Oxford World Classics)
Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge (Penguin).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
See our Literature courses under Humanities in the prospectus or on the web under History, Culture and Writing at