What is the course about?
You will read, discuss and view extracts from three plays: Hamlet by Shakespeare, The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde and Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett in terms of theme, character, language and how they work as performance texts. No class 24 October.
What will we cover?
The plays will be read and discussed in terms of dramatic structure, characterisation, themes and their effectiveness as performance texts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Read and discuss plays in terms of literary and performance texts
-Put plays studied into a clear historical and cultural context
-Identify key aspects of the work o the selected writers.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The level of the course is introductory. No previous knowledge or experience of Literature is necessary. However, learners will, ideally, need the following skills and attributes:
An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
A willingness and ability to do some reading and preparation outside the class.
An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.
A commitment to acquiring and developing ways of understanding how the writer uses language to achieve effect.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A variety of teaching methods used including tutor input, large and small group discussion, video/dvd and reading.You will be asked to prepare sections of the text before the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to buy copies of the texts to be studied:
The Importance of Being Ernest (Methuen Student edition)
Waiting for Godot (Faber & Faber).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The follow on course is HLT05: Ways into Literature: Poetry and Prose
Please also see our range of Literature courses under Humanities in the prospectus and under History, Culture and Writing on the website at bildutrapagaran.info.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details