609363 British and/or Postcolonial Literature: High and Low Comedy in Victorian Times

summer semester 2015 | Last update: 27.06.2017 Place course on memo list
Mag. Dr. Ulrich Pallua Mag. Dr. Ulrich Pallua, +43 512 507 4194, +43 512 507 34412
609363
British and/or Postcolonial Literature: High and Low Comedy in Victorian Times
PS 2
5
weekly
each semester
English

The aim of this course is to familiarise students with key concepts of theatre studies for the analysis of plays.

In 1671 the dramatist and critic John Dryden wrote of his “disgust of low comedy,“ observing that it required “on the writer’s part, much of conversation with the vulgar, and much of ill nature in the observation of their follies.” This course teaches students to critically read high and low comedy from the Victorian era by scrutinizing why characters and settings were then considered necessarily ‘low’ in contrast to high comedy/the comedy of manners focussing on the war of wits between the sexes (Oscar Wilde, John Millington Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Dion Boucicault, William Wycherly, George Farquhar, Richard Brinsley Sheridan William Congreve). We will also analyse modern versions of high comedy including the TV series Fawlty Towers, Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister, and Seinfeld, Tom Stoppard’s Jumpers, spoof spy movies (James Bond/007 films and Michel Hazanavicius’s films OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies).

lecture, group discussions, presentations

regular attendance, class participation, reading assignments, presentation, term paper

Attendance in the first session is mandatory. (!!)

course material on OLAT

BA Programme: positive completion of compulsory modules 3 und 16

Teacher Training Programme: VO 2: Introduction to British and Postcolonial Literary Studies

Teacher Training Programme: PS 2: English Literature and Culture

03.03.2015
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Date Time Location
Tue 2015-03-03
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-03-10
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-03-17
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-03-24
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-04-14
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-04-21
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-04-28
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-05-05
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-05-12
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-05-19
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-05-26
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-06-02
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-06-09
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-06-16
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free
Tue 2015-06-23
13.45 - 15.15 40735 SR 40735 SR Barrier-free