London - ENG335H5F: Jacobean Drama

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​The Course

This course explores English drama from the death of Queen Elizabeth I to the closing of the theaters, with attention to such playwrights as Jonson, Middleton, Shakespeare, and Webster. We will read across the major dramatic genres and subgenres of revenge tragedy, comedy, city comedy, history, and tragedy, examining issues of textual and theatrical inheritance, politics, gender, perceptions of the body, and negotiations across different economic classes, among other issues. We will read the language of the plays closely and carefully, while also thinking about these texts as scripts meant to be actualized in performance.

Exclusion: ENG332Y5
Prerequisite: 1.0 credit in ENG and 3.0 additional credits

The Trip

Travel with classmates, Professor Liza Blake, and a UTM staff member. During this unique experience you will have a chance to see drama performed in modern reconstructions of historical early playhouses, including the outdoor Globe theater, the Bankside Rose Theater, and the indoor Wanamaker Playhouse. You will also tour historically significant neighborhoods in London, visit museums, and learn about the history of London and the British isles more generally. If that is not enough to make you want to jump on a plane, this might: you will visit the birthplace of Shakespeare in the beautiful town of Stratford-upon-Avon, now also the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Activities Include

  • See live performances at the Wanamaker Playhouse, Rose Playhouse, and The Royal Shakespeare Company;
  • ​Visit William Shakespeare's birthplace, hometown, and current theatre hub;
  • Explore everything London has to offer including a tour Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament, walks along the Thames River, and visits to The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, and The British Museum.

Why Participate

  • Enrich your readings of Shakespearean and other Renaissance drama by seeing the plays performed by live, professionally trained actors;
  • Learn about the history of early modern London, and its relationship to its playhouses;
  • Develop a lifelong appreciation of live theater, especially as a way of encountering older texts.

Important Details

Dates: Friday, October 5 (depart) - Sunday, October 14, 2018 (return) - Fall Study Break

Estimated cost of International Component*: CAD$3900-$4200 - includes flights, transportation, accommodation, meals and in-country activities associated with the course. Funding Available!

*The amount posted is currently under review by the University Business Board. Approved amounts will be confirmed in March 2018. 

** This experience is offered with the generous support of the Office of the Dean, which means;

  • All undergraduate UTM students enrolled in the course will receive $500 towards the international component of the course, should their application be successful.
  • Plus, additional bursaries will be awarded based on demonstrated financial need (not linked to OSAP) as shown in your funding request in your UTM Abroad application.

Selection criteria: Students must be enrolled in ENG35H5F to participate and will be required to abide by the application requirements and deadlines.  

​Important Dates

Date Description
Monday, January 22, 2018 Applications Open
Friday, February 16, 2018 Applications Close
Friday, March 16, 2018 Offers Sent
Friday, March 23, 2018 Second Instalment Due
Friday, April 13, 2018 Third Instalment Due
Friday, September 7, 2018 Fourth Instalment Due
September - exact date to be determined Pre-Departure Session
Friday, September 28, 2018 Fifth Instalment Due
September & October - exact dates to be determined Mandatory Safety Abroad Workshop
October - exact date to be determined Second Pre-Departure Session
Friday, October 5 to Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 

Travel Dates

November - exact date to be determined Post-Trip Session

Need To Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change.
  • Students must be enrolled in ENG335H5F and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience.
  • Payments can be made over five installments. Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines.
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in a mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad session during the month of September.


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