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Explication de textes : Theaters of Knowledge : Marlowe and Shakespeare

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Teacher(s): Kevin Curran

Validity: 2019 -> 2019

Course Timetable (Weekly)

Date Location Notice Topics Lecturer(s)
2019/2020 : Thursday 10:15-12:00 (Weekly) Anthropole/1018 salle modulable (théâtre)     Kevin Curran


Spring semester
2 hours per week
28 hours per semester
Teaching language(s): English
Public: Yes
Credits: 3.00, 4.00


In this course we will give sustained attention to two of Renaissance England's greatest stage tragedies: Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and William Shakespeare's Macbeth. This will involve learning about the differences between classical, Renaissance, and modern definitions of tragedy and assessing where our two plays fall among them. We will also be devoting a considerable amount of time to evaluating differences between the two plays in terms of language and stagecraft. As the title of the course suggests, "knowledge" will be a key theme throughout the semester. At the heart of both plays is a concern with the tragic effects of knowledge. Our job will be to determine what this preoccupation might tell us about Renaissance understandings of religion and science, agency and free will, and the relationship between thought and action.

Required Texts:

Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus (Bloomsbury)

William Shakespeare, Macbeth (Cambridge University Press)

Available at "Books, Books, Books" in Lausanne

Additional information


Use contextFaculty codeStatusCredits
A40-ANGL: Certificate of 40 credits ECTS in English (2013 ->) - A40-ANGL ›› English and American Literature - A40-ANGL-2-10Optional3.00
English, 2nd part (2013 ->) ›› Complementary program - BA-ANG-2-1060Optional4.00
English, 2nd part (2013 ->) ›› Explication de texte: Poetry - BA-ANG-2-1020Optional3.00
NIV-ANG: Mise à niveau MA, Anglais (2013 ->) - NIV-ANG ›› Complementary program - NIV-ANG-2-1060Optional4.00
NIV-ANG: Mise à niveau MA, Anglais (2013 ->) - NIV-ANG ›› Explication de texte: Poetry - NIV-ANG-2-1020Optional3.00
Options, 2nd part (2013 ->) ›› English and American Literature - BA-OP-ANGLOptional3.00
Options, 2nd part (2013 ->) ›› English and American Literature - BA-OP-ANGL-TOptional3.00
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