Core Module Information
Module title: Bloody Bodies: Violence in Early Modern Drama

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP09140
Module leader: Georgina Lucas
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Generic - School of Arts and Creative Industries


Description of module content:

This module considers the thematic and theatrical power of violence on the early modern stage, paying attention to different typologies of violence and the stage technologies used to represent them. We will cover tragedies from the Elizabethan and Jacobean, including plays by canonical authors, such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe alongside less-studied works. In doing so, the module aims to give you a deeper understanding of the social, political, and cultural contexts that informed the dramatization of violence, and a richer sense of early modern theatrical culture.
Each week centres a form of violence that animates the play in which it appears, for example assassination in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, or domestic violence in John Webster’s ’Tis Pity She’s Whore. Through a combination of historically informed close-readings and an analysis of early modern staging, you will evaluate the rich and myriad meanings of violence in these plays, questioning orthodoxies about senseless violence, and evaluating the appeal of violence to dramatists and spectators.

Learning Outcomes for module:

1. Identify and critically reflect upon the ways early modern drama represents different typologies of violence
2. Demonstrate a well-informed understanding of the political, social, and cultural contexts that informed early modern violence and its dramatic representation
3. Undertake close readings and critical analyses of early modern drama that account for the materiality of the stage and the effects of performance
4. Access and search key scholarly resources and databases relating to the study of early modern violence and drama
5. Appraise key trends in the history of criticism on violence in early modern drama and evaluate these trends in your own assessment of drama

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Georgina Lucas
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Tutorial 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1,2,3,4 8 HOURS= 00.15, WORDS= 0
Essay 70 1,2,3,4,5 12 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP09140 Bloody Bodies: Violence in Early Modern Drama Syllabus