Day School: Christopher Marlowe

Ref: C3744309

Christopher Marlowe was a Canterbury-born playwright, poet and translator of the Elizabethan age and the foremost tragedian of his day. He greatly influenced William Shakespeare, who was born in the same year as Marlowe and who rose to become the pre-eminent Elizabethan playwright after Marlowe's mysterious early death in Deptford in 1593. This day school looks at the life and controversial death of this local playwright before going on to a consideration of three of his plays: Edward II, The Jew of Malta and Doctor Faustus. Textual analysis and an exploration of the socio-historical contexts of the plays will be supported by extracts from films. We will also consider how audience response can be manipulated by directorial decisions.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver, but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the life and works of Christopher Marlowe, a celebrated (and notorious) local playwright.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Engage with the socio-political contexts of Marlowe's works.
  • Understand the technicalities of Elizabethan drama and textual production.
  • Respond to dramatic texts critically and share my findings with fellow students.
  • Understand the ways in which drama operates as an organic art form.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students will find it beneficial to have either read or watched the core plays before the course.

What can I do next?

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Day School: Christopher Marlowe

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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