RENAISSANCE STUDIES

Anno accademico
2016/2017 Programmi anni precedenti
Titolo corso in inglese
RENAISSANCE STUDIES
Codice insegnamento
LMJ400 (AF:231432 AR:113036)
Modalità
In presenza
Crediti formativi universitari
12
Partizione
Livello laurea
Laurea magistrale (DM270)
Settore scientifico disciplinare
L-LIN/10
Periodo
I Semestre
Anno corso
1
Sede
VENEZIA
This module is intended to provide students with a deeper understanding of Elizabethan/Jacobean drama and its reception in contemporary culture, in order to facilitate the development of independent critical thinking. The course is taught in English and students will be encouraged to participate in class discussions.
Ideally, students should be familiar with Shakespeare's plays, the historical context and the theatrical culture of his time as well as the main conventions of Elizabethan drama (theatres, acting, language, etc).

Students must be FULLY PROFICIENT in English: they must be able to speak English accurately and fluently as they will have to read early modern texts, understand lectures and take part in classroom discussions and presentations.
WITCHCRAFT AND DRAMA. REPRESENTATIONS OF MAGIC ON THE ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN STAGE

The course will explore the cultural as well as mental world of early modern Elizabethans and Jacobeans regarding the Occult, a world that was open to incorporating magic, witchcraft practices, astrology, alchemy etc. Playwrights exploited witchcraft and magic beliefs with which their audiences were familiar and brought to the stage intriguing fantasies of witches and magic rituals. Such representations show that a link developed in the minds of early modern writers between magic and theatricality. The course will investigate the way the emergence of the stage witch as a clear and recognizable stage type connected with questions of gender in the political and social realms.
All the articles and volumes indicated below are COMPULSORY reading:

PRIMARY SOURCES

William Shakespeare, MACBETH. (suggested edition: OUP, edited by Nicholas Brooke, 1990);
William Shakespeare, THE TEMPEST (suggested edition: The Arden Shakespeare, edited by V. Mason Vaughan, revised edition, Bloombsbury, 2011);
Ben Jonson, THE MASQUE OF QUEENS in David Lindley, COURT MASQUES. JACOBEAN AND CAROLINE ENTERTAINMENTS 1605-1640, OUP, 1995, pp. 35-53(the text of the masque is also available online at the following address http://hollowaypages.com/jonson1692fame.htm )
William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford, THE WITCH OF EDMONTON (suggested edition: Manchester University Press, edited by Peter Corbin and Douglas Sedge, 1997);
Mary Cowden Clarke, "The Thane's Daughter" in THE GIRLHOOD OF SHAKESPEARE'S HEROINES, volume 1, CUP, 2009 (first ed. 1851), pp. 93-168.

Students are advised to buy the suggested editions of the texts when indicated.

Students will have to download short excerpts from other texts (such as Dr Faustus, Othello etc.) from the "materiale ISA" area, "pagina docente" of the university website and bring them to class.


CONTEXT AND CRITICISM

Helen Hackett, A SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLISH RENAISSANCE DRAMA, London, I.B. Tauris, 2013.
Malcolm Gaskill, WITCHCRAFT. A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION, 2010


orale
Class presentation + oral exam at the end of the course. The final oral exam will cover all issues included in assigned reading, lectures and texts downloaded from the university website (see above). Before taking the exam, students are required to choose a topic related to the course (after previous consultation with Prof. Tosi in her office hours) and discuss it in an oral presentation in class. Presentations will be scheduled in the last 2-3 weeks of course. Students who are unable to attend the course need to contact prof. Tosi for additional reading and presentation scheduling at least 6 weeks before sitting for the exam. The presentation is an essential requirement: students who haven't presented in class won't be admitted to the oral exam.
Lectures, analysis of Shakespeare's plays on DVD and class discussions.

Inglese
As part of the course, students will be expected to attend a number of lectures and talks (in English), by international experts on Shakespeare and Early Modern drama (as part of the series "Seminario di approfondimento sul Rinascimento Inglese"). Lecture topics and a schedule for the Seminario will be communicated at the beginning of the course.
  • Dispense e materiali di approfondimento e di autovalutazione disponibili online; testi di riferimento in formato e-book