A Mad World My Masters: Performing Culture In Jacobean London
King's College London
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis module will give you a rare chance to look really closely at a short and precise period in the past of British theatre ? at the astonishing explosion of plays that were written and performed in the reign of James I (1603-1625), a period often misunderstood as some sort of let-down after the 'Golden Age' of Elizabeth I. It was nothing of the sort. We will look a selection of vibrant Jacobean plays in their textual, theatrical and cultural contexts, focussing on cultural issues from revenge to gender, from colonialism to sexuality, from witchcraft to the urban, from Protestantism to the representation of Islam, and we will examine the ways in which culture was performed in Jacobean England ? that is, the ways in which Jacobean culture was both represented and created on the stage.
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