Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Modern Drama

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course




The purpose of the study-unit is to provide a survey of Modern English Drama (1900-1940).


The study-unit will focus, in particular, on the notion of ‘innovation’ and ‘experiment’ in some of the plays of the leading dramatists of the period. The following are for detailed study: Oscar Wilde, Salome; J. M. Synge, Riders to the Sea; W. B. Yeats, Cathleen Ni Houlihan, At the Hawk’s Well, Purgatory; George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Saint Joan; T. S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral.

Reading List:

- Ayling, Ronald, J. M. Synge: Four Plays, A Casebook (London: Macmillan, 1992).
- Bentley, E. R., Bernard Shaw, 2nd edn (London: Methuen, 1967).
- Browne, Elliot Martin, The Making of T.S. Eliot’s Plays (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969).
- Chothia, Jean, English Drama of the Early Modern Period 1890-1940 (Harlow: Longman, 1996).
- Ellis-Fermor, Una, The Irish Dramatic Movement, 2nd edn (London: Methuen, 1954).
- Powell, Kerry, Oscar Wilde and the Theatre of the 1890s (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990).
- Price, Alan, Synge and Anglo-Irish Drama (London: Methuen, 1961).
- Ransome, Arthur, Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study (London: Methuen & Co., 1913).
- Richards, Shaun, The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
- Synge, J. M., The Aran Islands (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979).
- The Cambridge Companion to George Bernard Shaw, ed. Christopher Innes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).
- The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde, ed. Peter Raby (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).
- Williams, Raymond, Drama from Ibsen to Brecht, 2nd edn (London: Hogarth, 1987).
- Worth, Katherine, The Irish Drama of Europe from Yeats to Beckett (London: Athlone Press, 1986).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S David Vella

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