Reach back into the past and discover the bard Reach back into the past and discover the bard

Academic Lead - Dr Rebecca Pinner

Where better to study the works of the Bard than in the second city of Shakespearean England? Norwich offers a perfect backdrop, with the medieval city making up the spine of the modern landscape, and the many theatrical performances offering students the chance to see the plays being performed. Students are invited to reach back into the past and read Shakespeare’s plays in their original historical, cultural and performance context.

The module will develop students’ ability to read and analyse the rich language of the plays as well as gaining a more detailed appreciation of how they relate to the turbulent and dynamic period of history in which they were first written and performed. There will be seminars with leading academics where there will be the chance to discuss and question Shakespeare’s plays.

Discussions will be complemented with visits to at least two performances of plays, one at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London and the other in Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace). These trips will animate the physical settings of the stories Shakespeare tells and allow students to experience them first-hand.

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By the end of the module students will have developed their:

  • Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written exchanges.
  • Ability to gather information from a variety of sources and synthesise that information.
  • Ability to collaborate with others to achieve common goals.
  • Independence of thought and initiative.

Field Trips

Field trips play a key role in this module and will include:

  • The Globe Theatre
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon (Residential trip)

This module includes a two day fieldtrip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, a supplement applies. See our fees page. 


Students should bring a love of reading and learning about the past and a willingness to engage with Shakespearean language. No specific knowledge or experience is required.

School Profile

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC) at the University of East Anglia has a long-established international reputation in literary studies. World famous for its pioneering courses in creative writing, it is also home to prize-winning scholars and translators of literature and drama from all periods. LDC is dedicated to the study and practice of writing in all of its many forms, to the recovery of the history of writing, and to exploring the interface between the critical and the creative. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 65% of our research was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading. For more information, please visit the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing webpages.

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