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Do you want to get more out of drama? This free course, Approaching plays, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary plays. You will learn about dialogue, stage directions, blank verse, dramatic structure and conventions and aspects of performance.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the basic technical terms associated with plays
- make the most out the text of a play.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Approaching plays
- 2 Dialogue
- 3 Stage directions
- 4 Blank verse
- 5 Play structure
- 6 From text to performance
- 7 Dramatic conventions
- Keep on learning
- Further reading
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Do you want to get more out of drama? This course is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary plays. You will learn about dialogue, stage directions, blank verse, dramatic structure and conventions and aspects of performance.
It's not necessary for you to have previously read any of the plays mentioned in the course before embarking on it, but to get the most from it you may like to obtain texts of the following:
Churchill, Caryl (1994) Top Girls, with commntary and notes by Bill Naismith, Meuthen.
Ibsen, Henrik (1992) A Doll's House, Dover Thrift Publications.
Shakespeare, William (2005) As You Like It, edited by H. J. Oliver, Penguin.
Shakespeare, William (1996) Henry V, edited by A. R. Humphries, Penguin.
Shakespeare, William (1996) Othello, edited by Kenneth Muir, Penguin.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Literature courses or view the range of currently available OU Literature courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 5th February 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 5th February 2016
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