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This series of six lectures introduces six plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre. Each lecture outlines the play so there is no assumption you have already read it. You will understand its historical context and dramatic legacy, drawing parallels with modern film and contemporary culture. The series include a riposte to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Witch of Edmonton, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, The Alchemist etc.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: University of Oxford

Course Curriculum

The Spanish Tragedy: Thomas Kyd 00:49:00
Arden of Faversham: Anon 00:41:00
The Shoemaker’s Holiday: Thomas Dekker 00:45:00
The Revenger’s Tragedy: Thomas Middleton 00:45:00
The Roaring Girl: Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker 00:48:00
The Duchess of Malfi: John Webster 00:38:00
Dr Faustus: Christopher Marlowe 00:49:00
The Alchemist: Ben Jonson 00:48:00
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside: Thomas Middleton 00:54:00
The Witch Of Edmonton 00:46:00
Tis Pity She’s a Whore: John Ford 00:53:00
The Tamer Tam’d: John Fletcher 00:53:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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