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This module introduces students to the modes of myth that articulate symbolic stories underpinning the English and European literature, often at a deep or hidden level. Students will learn to recognise myth within a range of diverse genres, including the folk tale and national narratives such as the epic and romance.
Our study will begin in the classical world as we investigate the ritual
and civic origins of drama and their implications for later periods.
Students will learn how cultural and historical contexts shape playtexts,
and there will be particular emphasis on stagecraft and performance spaces.
Texts may include, but are not limited to, the following: Sophocles,
Oedipus Rex and Antigone; Seneca, Medea and The Trojan Women; The Wakefield
Second Shepherd’s Play; Everyman; Shakespeare, Pericles and The Tempest;
J.M. Synge, Riders to the Sea; Timberlake Wertenbaker, The Love of a
A student passing this module should be able to:
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