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TH228 - Nineteenth-century Melodrama 2014-15

School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies

TH228 Nineteenth-century Melodrama
Melodrama was one of the most popular forms of entertainment ever. Once dismissed as a meaningless example of mass culture, it has increasingly attracted critical attention in recent years. This course explores the genre, paying attention to the diversity of nineteenth-century melodrama, its changing role in society and its theatrical realization. Commencing with Gothic melodramas such as Frankenstein the module will also consider melodrama as a form of social protest, its representation of women, its increasing obsession with spectacle and its gradual absorption into film and television.

Convenor:
Jim Davis (jim dot davis at warwick dot ac dot uk)

Class Times:
Spring: Thursday – 14.30-16.30 - G52

Assessment
Essay (3000 words) 60%
Assessed seminar presentation 20%
Written Portfolio 20%

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