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Approaching plays

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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.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 15 hours
  • Updated Friday 5th February 2016
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Literature
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Approaching plays

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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.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 2 study in Arts and Humanities [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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