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Unit information: Shakespearean Tragedy: Textual and Literary Criticism in 2015/16

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Unit name Shakespearean Tragedy: Textual and Literary Criticism
Unit code ENGLM3025
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Publicover
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The course focuses on the main four tragedies - Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth; on the interpretative challenges which these plays pose; and on the differing ways in which differing critical approaches address those challenges. It addresses the usefulness of the notion of tragedy in thinking of these plays; examines complex textual problems which surround them; and explores the role of creativity in understanding these plays by examining a) Shakespeare's rewriting of his sources and b) other writers' rewritings of and responses to Shakespeare..

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will have learned to discuss and to write lucidly about some of the most complex texts in the English language, and about tragedy, one of the most complex critical terms in literary criticism.

Teaching Information

1 x 2 hour seminar per week, plus one-to-one discussion in consultation hours where desired.

Assessment Information

1 essay of 4,000 words and a 1000-word presentation in class.

Reading and References

William Shakespeare, Hamlet William Shakespeare, Othello William Shakespeare, King Lear William Shakespeare, Macbeth