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Academic Year/course: 2017/18

27843 - Literary Genres in English Literature I

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Academic Year:
27843 - Literary Genres in English Literature I
Faculty / School:
103 - Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
107 - Mobility for Degree
416 - Degree in English
4 and 3
First semester
Subject Type:

5.1. Methodological overview

See "Learning activities" and "Syllabus".

More information will be provided on the first day of class.

5.2. Learning tasks

  • Theoretical lectures.
  • Practical lectures.
  • Individual work.
  • Personal study.
  • Assessment activities.

5.3. Syllabus

27843 - Literary Genres in English Literature I


The course is structured into eight units. After an introduction to the theatrical phenomenon, the themes will focus on the most salient aspects of drama in English from the Renaissance, following a chronological order.

1. Introduction.

Compulsory readings:

Aristotle, Poetics (selection)

Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (selection).

2. Renaissance drama.

Compulsory readings:

Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

Selections from Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy; Ben Jonson, Volpone; John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi.

3. Shakespeare: History plays

Compulsory Readings:

King Henry V

Selections from  King Richard III

4. Shakespeare: Comedies and tragicomedies

Compulsory Readings:

The Tempest

Selections from Twelfth Night and As You Like It

5. Shakespeare: Tragedies

Compulsory readings:


Selections from Julius Caesar, Hamlet and Othello

6. Theatrical genres of the Restoration and the 18th century

Compulsory readings:

Selections from John Milton, Samson Agonistes; John Dryden, An Essay of Dramatic Poesy; William Congreve, The Way of the World; Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer.

7. Realistic drama and poetic drama: 19th to 20th century

Compulsory readings:

Selections from Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest; G. B. Shaw, Pygmalion; J. B. Priestley, Time and the Conways.

8. Drama since 1950. The 'Angry Young Men', Theatre of the Absurd, experimental and postmodern drama.

Compulsory readings:

Samuel Beckett, Krapp's Last Tape; Edward Bond, Passion

Selection from John Osborne, Look Back in Anger; Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; Caryl Churchill, Top Girls; Brian Friel, Translations.

5.4. Course planning and calendar

See the academic calendar of the University of Zaragoza ( and the website of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts (Schedule of classes:;Examination schedule:

More information will be provided on the first day of class.

5.5. Bibliography and recommended resources

BB  Around the absurd : essays on modern and postmodern drama / edited by Enoch Brater and Ruby Cohn . Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, cop. 1990
BB Contemporary British dramatists / introduction by Michael Billington ; editor K. A. Berney ; associate editor N. G. Templeton . London ; Detroit ; Washington DC : St. James Press, cop. 1994
BB Contemporary British theatre / edited by Theodore Shank . London : Macmillan, 1994
BB Craik, T. W. . The Revels history of drama in England. Vol. 1. Medieval drama / T. W. Craik and C. Leech, eds.. London : Methuen, 1975-1983
BB Dickson, Andrew. The Rough Guide to Shakespeare : The plays. The poems. The life / Andrew Dickson ; edited by Joe Staines . 2a. ed. [London] : Rough Guides, 2008
BB Elam, Keir. The semiotics of theatre and drama / Keir Elam . London : Routledge, 1980
BB English drama to 1710 / edited by Christopher Ricks . London : Sphere Books, cop. 1971
BB Gilman, Richard. The Making of Modern Drama / Richard Gilman New Haven : Yale University Press, 2000
BB Gurr, Andrew. Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London / Andrew Gurr Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
BB Gurr, Andrew. The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642 / Andrew Gurr Cambridege : Cambridge University Press, 1992
BB Historia crítica del teatro inglés / Pilar Hidalgo... [] . Alcoy : Marfil, 1988
BB Hyland, Peter. An introduction to Shakespeare : the dramatist in his context / Peter Hyland . 1st ed. London : Macmillan Press, 1996
BB Innes, Christopher. Modern British Drama : The Twentieth Century / Christopher Innes Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002
BB Leggatt, Alexander. English drama : Shakespeare to the Restoration 1590-1660 / Alexander Leggatt . London : Longman, 1988
BB Pfister, Manfred. The theory and analysis of drama / Manfred Pfister ; translated from the German by John Halliday . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, cop. 1988, 1991 repr.
BB Schechner, Richard. Performance theory / Richard Schechner . Rev. and expanded ed. New York ; London : Routledge, 1988
BB Shakespeare, William. The Norton Shakespeare : based on the Oxford Edition / Stephen Greenblatt, general editor ; Walter Cohen, Jeab E. Howard, Katharine Eisaman Maus,[editores] ; with an essay on the Shakespearen stage by Andrew Gurr . New York [etc.] : W. W. Norton, 1997
BB Styan, J. L.. The English Stage . A History of Drama and Performance /J. L. Styan Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1996
BB Taylor, John Russell. Anger and after : a guide to the new British drama / John Russell Taylor . 2nd ed., revised, repr. London : Eyre Methuen, 1978
BB The Cambridge companion to English Renaissance drama / edited by A.R. Braunmuller and Michael Hattaway. 2nd ed., 3rd. print. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007
BB The Methuen drama guide to contemporary British playwrights / edited and with an introduction by Martin Middeke, Peter Paul Schnierer and Aleks Sierz . London : Methuen Drama, 2011
BB The Revels history of drama in English. Volume II, 1500- 1576 / Norman Sanders, Richard Southern, T.W. Craik & Lois Potter . 1st ed. London : Methuen, 1980
BB The Revels history of drama in English. Volume III, 1576 -1613 / J. Leeds Barroll, Alexander Leggatt, Richard Hosley & Alvin Kernan . 1st ed. London : Methuen, 1975
BB The Revels history of drama in English. Volume IV, 1613- 1660 / Philip Edwards, Gerald Eades Bentley, Katheleen McLuskie & Lois Potter . 1st ed. London : Methuen, 1981
BB The Revels history of drama in English. Volume V, 1660- 1750 / John Loftis, Richard Southern & Marion Jones & A.H. Scouten . 1st ed. London : Methuen, 1976
BB The Revels history of drama in English. Volume VI, 1750- 1880 / Michael R. Booth, Richard Southern, Frederick & Lise-Lone Marker & Roberston Davies . 1st ed. London : Methuen, 1975
BB The Revels history of drama in English. Volume VII, 1880 to the present day / Hugh Hunt, Kenneth Richards, John Russell Taylor . 1st ed. London : Methuen ; New York : Barnes & Noble, 1978
BB The Revels history of drama in English. Volume VIII, American drama / Travis Bogard, Richard Moody & Walter J. Meserve . 1st ed. London : Methuen ; New York : Barnes & Noble, 1977
BB Trussler, Simon. The Cambridge Illustrated History of British Theatre / Simon Trussler. . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000
BB Womack, Peter. English Renaissance Drama / Peter Womack Oxford . Blackwell, 2006