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Sex and the City in Stuart Drama

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Jakub Boguszak
Academic year

Module overview

This module invites you to enter the rich and strange world of Stuart drama, to explore the curious theatrical landscape shaped by the artistic prowess of Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare, John Webster, and others. It is a world at once more refined and more bewildering than the cheery pastures and noisy battlefields of the Elizabethan plays; eccentricity is the name of the game under James I of England and his successors, within and without the walls of the playhouse. This module will help you find your footing on the Stuart stage, a distorting mirror held up to a world peopled with lechers, obsessives, and fools. You will appreciate how life in the sprawling metropolis and at the Stuart court found its unflattering reflections in plays by turns caustic and quizzical, plays that delight us and give us the shivers in equal measure to this day.