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Module Reading List

Drama: Reading and Interpretation, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Lourdes Orozco
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


  • Euripides - The Bacchae (London: Nick Hern Books, 1998)*
  • The Second Shepherd’s Play, in A. C. Cawley (ed) Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays(London: Orion, 1993) 
  • William Shakespeare.  Twelfth Night (ed. Kier Elam, London: Arden Shakespeare, Bloomsbury, 2008)*
  • Aphra Benn - Emperor of the Moon in The Rover and Other Plays ISBN: 9780199540204 (pbk.); 0199540209 (pbk.) (Oxford: OUP, 2008)
  • Georg Büchner - Woyzeck, trans. Gregory Motton (London: Nick Hern Books, 1997)*
  • August Strindberg – The ghost sonata [electronic resource], in Plays 1, trans. Michael Meyer (London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1976)*
  • Caryl Churchill - Cloud Nine, in Plays 1 (London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1984)*
  • debbie tucker green - Nut ISBN: 1848423357; 9781848423350 (London: Nick Hern Books, 2014)*

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Secondary Reading


Siân Adiseshiah and Louise LePage (eds), Twenty-first century drama : what happens now ISBN: 9781137484024 (hbk.) : £58.00; 9781137484031 (electronic bk.) (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

Maggie B. Gale and John F. Deeney (eds), The Routledge drama anthology : from modernism to contemporary performance ISBN: 9780415724173 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780415724166 (hardback : alk. paper) (London: Routledge, 2016)

David Lane, Contemporary British drama ISBN: 9780748638222 (pbk.); 0748638229 (pbk.); 9780748638215 (hbk.); 0748638210 (hbk.) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011)

William Worthen, Drama : between poetry and performance ISBN: 9781405153423 (pbk.) : £19.99; 9781405153416 (hbk.) : £50.00; 1405153415 (hbk.) : £50.00; 1405153423 (pbk.) : £19.99 (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

Kenneth Pickering, Key concepts in drama and performance ISBN: 1403934363 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Kenneth Pickering, Studying modern drama. ISBN: 1403904413 (pbk.) : £11.99. ISBN: 1403904413 (pbk.) : £11.99 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) 

Simon Shepherd, Drama/theatre/performance ISBN: 0415234948 (pb); 041523493x (London: Routledge, 2004)

John Lennard and Mary Luckhurst, The drama handbook : a guide to reading plays ISBN: 0198700709 (pbk.) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Susan Jane Owen, Perspectives on Restoration drama ISBN: 0719049679 (pbk); 0719049660 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002)

Peter Buse, Drama + theory : critical approaches to modern British drama ISBN: 0719057221 (pbk.) : £12.99; 0719057213 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001)

Michael Goldman, On drama : boundaries of genre, borders of self ISBN: 047211011X (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000)

Richard Gilman, The Making of Modern Drama: a study of Büchner, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett, Handk (London: Yale University Press, 1999)

Alan Hindley (ed.), Drama and community : people and plays in medieval Europe ISBN: 2503507670 (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 1999)

The Bacchae

Simon Perris, The gentle, jealous god : reading Euripides' Bacchae in English (London: Bloomsbury, 2016) e-book

Simon Perris ‘Perspectives on Violence in Euripides The Bacchae’, Mnemosene, 64:1(2011), pp. 37-57 - Available online:

Jonathan Croall, Peter Hall's Bacchai : the National Theatre at work ISBN: 0954204808 (London: National Theatre, 2002)

Laura K. McLure, A companion to Euripides ISBN: 9781119257509 (Cloth); 1119257506 (Cloth); 9781119257523 (epub); 9781119257516 (ePDF) (Oxford: John Wiley, 2017)

George Rodosthenous, Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy: Auteurship and Directorial Visions (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)

Laura Swift, Greek tragedy : themes and contexts ISBN: 9781474236836 paperback; 1474236839 paperback; 9781474236850 electronic book; 9781474236843 electronic book (London: Bloomsbury, 2016)

Simon Goldhill, How to stage Greek tragedy today ISBN: 9780226301280 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780226301273 (cloth : alk. paper); 0226301273 (cloth : alk. paper); 0226301281 (pbk. : alk. paper) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007)

Justina Gregory (ed.), A Companion to Greek Tragedy (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005)

P.E Easterling (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)

Melissa Mueller, Objects as actors : props and the poetics of performance in Greek tragedy ISBN: 9780226312958 £38.50 (hbk.); 9780226313009 (ebook) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Astrid Van Weyenberg, The politics of adaptation : contemporary African drama and Greek tragedy ISBN: 9789042037007 (hardcover : acid-free paper); 9042037008 (hardcover : acid-free paper); 9789401209571 (ebook) (New York: Rodopi, 2013)

J. McConnell, ‘Postcolonial sparagmos: Toni Morrison's Sula and Wole Soyinka's the Bacchae of Euripides: A communion rite’, Classical Receptions Journal ISSN: 1759-5134, 8:2(2016) pp. 133-154.

A.W. Saxonhouse, ‘Freedom, form, and formlessness: Euripides' bacchae and plato's Republic’, The American political science review. ISSN: 0003-0554, pp. 88-99

C. Thumiger, ‘Animal World, Animal Representation and the “hunting model”: Between Literal and Figurative in Euripides The Bacchae’, Phoenix, 60:3-4(2006) - Available online:

The Second Shepherd’s Play

Robert Stuart Sturges, The circulation of power in medieval biblical drama [electronic resource] : theaters of authority ISBN: 9781137073440 (e-book); 9780230115781 (hbk.) (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Nicole Nolan Sidhu, Indecent Exposure : Gender, Politics, and Obscene Comedy in Middle English Literature ISBN: 9780812292688 (e-book) (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) (particularly Chapter 5: Women’s Work, Companionate Marriage and Mass Death in the Biblical Drama) – Order.

L.J. Kaiser, ‘”Mak’s heirs”: Sheep and Humans in the pastoral ecology of the Towneley First and Second Shepherd’s Plays’, Journal of English and Germanic philology. ISSN: 0363-6941, 108:3(2009), pp. 336-59.

R. Poole, ‘A Disguised Stage Direction in the Towneley Second Shepherd’s Play?’, Notes and Queries, 57:3(2010), pp. 315-319. - Available online:

S.E. Deskis, ‘Canvassed or Tossed in a Blanket: Tracing a Motif through The Second Shepherd’s Play to the Seventeenth Century’, Notes and Queries, 54:3(2007), pp. 325-328. - Available online:

R. Bowers, ‘Comedy, Carnival and Grace: The Performance of Mak in The Second Shepherd’s Play’, English Studies in Canada, 28:4(2002),pp. 583-602. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and his world, trans. by Helene Iswolsky (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984; first publ. 1965), pp. 4–18

Thomas J. Farrell, ‘Introduction: Bahktin, Liminality, and Medieval Literature’, in Bakhtin and medieval voices ISBN: 0813014476, ed. by Thomas J. Farrell (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1995), pp. 1—1 4

Peter Meredith, ‘The Towneley Cycle’, in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre, ed. by Richard Beadle and Alan J. Fletcher, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 152–82 

Meg Twycross, ‘The Theatricality of Medieval English Plays’, in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre, ed. by Richard Beadle and Alan J. Fletcher, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 26–74

Twelfth Night

Lawrence Dansen, Shakespeare's dramatic genres ISBN: 0198711735; 0198711727 (pbk. : alk) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

Stephen Orgel, Impersonations : the performance of gender in Shakespeare's England ISBN: 0521568420 (paperback); 052156056X (hardback) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Stephen Booth, 'Shakespeare's Language and the Language of Shakespeare's Time', Shakespeare survey. ISSN: 0080-9152 50 (1998), 1–17.

Michael B. Owen. ‘“Of Here and Everywhere”: Dynamic Spatial Perspectives in Twelfth Night’, Shakespeare. ISSN: 1745-0918, 13:3(2017), pp. 258-270.

R.S. White, ‘Smiles that Reveal, Smiles that Conceal’, Shakespeare. ISSN: 1745-0918, 12:2(2016), pp. 134-147

Alison Findlay and Liz Oakley Brown (eds.), Twelfth night [electronic resource] : a critical reader ISBN: 9781472503312 45 (NL) (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)

Frances E. Dolan, Twelfth night [electronic resource] : language and writing ISBN: 9781472518323 25 (NL) (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)

Jennifer C. Vaught, ‘Carnival, economics, and social mobility in Dekker's Shoemaker's holiday, Shakespeare's Twelfth night and The winter's tale, and Jonson's Bartholomew fair’ in Carnival and literature in early modern England ISBN: 9781409432081 (hbk.) : £55.00; 1409432084 (hbk.) : £55.00; 9781409432098 (ebook) : No price; 1409432092 (ebook) : No price (Burlington: Ashgate, 2012)

Valerie Forman, ‘Stasis and insularity in The merchant of Venice and Twelfth night in Tragicomic redemptions : global economics and the early modern English stage ISBN: 9780812201925 (electronic bk.); 0812201922 (electronic bk.); 9780812240962 (acid-free paper); 0812240960 (acid-free paper) (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008)

William Kerwin, ‘Beyond Body and Soul: Twelfth Night and Early Modern Medicine’ in Beyond the body : the boundaries of medicine and English renaissance drama ISBN: 1558494820 (cloth : alk. paper) (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2005)

J.P.C Brown, ‘Seeing Double: Dramaturgy and the Experience of Twelfth Night’, Shakespeare. ISSN: 1745-0918 10:3(2014), pp. 293-308.

C.A. Thomas, ‘Antonio’s (Happy) Ending: Queer Closure in all-male Twelfth Night, Comparative literature. ISSN: 0010-4124 48:3(2013), pp. 221-240.

James Schiffer (ed.) Twelfth night : new critical essays ISBN: 9781135777685 (e-book) (London: Routledge, 2014)  

D. Carnegie, ‘”What country, friends, is this?” Australian and New Zealand Productions of Twelfth Night in the Twentieth Century’, Multicultural Shakespeare ISSN: 2083-8530 8:23(2011), pp. 19-38.

Margareta de Grazia and Stanley Wells (eds.), The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Penny Gay, The Cambridge introduction to Shakespeare's comedies ISBN: 9780521672696 (pbk.); 9780521856683 (hbk.); 052185668X (hbk.); 0521672694 (pbk.) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Emperor of the Moon

Aughterson, Kate, Aphra Behn : the comedies ISBN: 0333963210 (pbk); 0333963199 (New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

Backscheider, Paula R., ‘From The Emperor of the Moon to the Sultan’s Prison’, Studies in eighteenth-century culture. ISSN: 0360-2370 43;1 (2014), pp. 1-26

Coppola, Al, ‘Retraining the Virtuoso's Gaze: Behn's Emperor of the Moon, the Royal Society, and the Spectacles of Science and Politics’, Eighteenth-century studies. ISSN: 0013-2586 41;4 (2008) pp. 481–506.

Findlay, Alison and Hodgson-Wright, Stephanie, Women and dramatic production, 1550-1700 ISBN: 0582319838 (pbk); 058231982X (Harlow: Longman, 2000)

Hayden, Judy A., ‘Harlequin Science: Aphra Behn’s Emperor of the Moon and the Plurality of Worlds’ English: Journal of the English Association 64;246 (September 2015), pp. 167–182. - Available online:

Mannheimer, Katherine, ‘Celestial Bodies: Readerly Rapture as Theatrical Spectacle in Aphra Behn’s The Emperor of the Moon’, Restoration 35 (Spring 2011), pp. 21–39. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 20/12/2017) 

March, Florence, ‘Farce, satire et science dans The Emperor of the Moon d’Aphra Behn’, Études Épistémè 10 (2006) <>

Spencer, Jane, Aphra Behn’s Afterlife (Oxford: OUP, 2000)


David Gleyre Richards, Georg Büchner's Woyzeck : a history of its criticism ISBN: 1571132201 (Rochester: Camden House, 2001)

James Crichton, Büchner and madness : schizophrenia in Georg Büchner's Lenz and Woyzeck ISBN: 0773413529 (Lewiston, NY: E. Mellen Press, 1998)

John Reddick, Georg Büchner : the shattered whole ISBN: 0198158122 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994)

F. Rokem, ‘Witnessing Woyzeck: Theatricality and the Empowerment of the Spectator’, SubStance. ISSN: 0049-2426 31:2-3(2002), pp. 167-183.

Maurice B. Benn, The drama of revolt : a critical study of Georg Büchner (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)  

James Martin Harding, ‘Integrating Atomization: Adorno Reading Berg Reading Büchner’, Theatre journal. ISSN: 0192-2882 44:1(1992), pp. 1-13.

The Ghost Sonata

Michael Robinson (ed.) The Cambridge companion to August Strindberg [electronic resource] ISBN: 9781139002707 (electronic bk.); 1139002708 (electronic bk.); 9780521846042 (print ed.); 0521846048 (print ed.); 9780521608527 (pbk. ed.); 052160852X (pbk. ed.) (2010), in particular Lynne R. Wilkinson, ‘The Chamber Plays’, pp. 107-120.

R. Cardullo, ‘August Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman, and The Ghost Sonata’, Nordic Theatre Studies 24(2012), pp. 98-107. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 20/12/2017)    

G. Mandelbaum, ‘Two Psychotic Playwrights at Work: The Late Plays of August Strindberg and Tennessee Williams’, Psychoanalytic Quarterly. ISSN: 0033-2828 26:1(2017), pp. 149-82

Esther Szalczer, August Strindberg (Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists) (London: Routledge, 2010) - Available via:

Cloud Nine

Elaine Aston, Caryl Churchill (Plymouth: Northcote House, 2010)

Elaine Aston and Elin Diamond (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Caryl Churchill (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Elaine Aston, ‘Caryl Churchill and the Politics of Style’ in Elaine Aston and Janelle Reinelt (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Philip Roberts, About Churchill : the playwright and the work ISBN: 9780571229628 (pbk.); 057122962X (pbk.) (London: Faber and Faber, 2008)

Mary Luckhurst, Caryl Churchill ISBN: 9780415345781 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780415345774 (hardback : alk. paper); 0415345774 (hardback : alk. paper); 0415345782 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780203567302 (ebook) (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2015)

James M. Harding, ‘Transcending the limits of the word : montage and margins in Caryl Churchill's Cloud nine’ in Theatre at the margins : the political, the popular, the personal, the profane. ISBN: 0817310460 (Tuscaloosa, AL : Southeastern Theatre Conference : University of Alabama Press, c2000)

D. Godiwala, ‘The Performativity of the Dramatic Text: Domestic Colonialism and Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine’, Studies in theatre and performance. ISSN: 1468-2761 24:1(2004), pp. 5-21

Susan Carlson, ‘Comic Collisions: Convention, Rage and Order’, New Theatre Quarterly. ISSN: 0266-464x 3:12(1987), pp. 303-31

R. Clements, ‘Apprehending the Spectral: Hauntology and Precarity in Caryl Churchill’s Plays’ in Theatre and ghosts : materiality, performance and modernity ISBN: 9781137345073 (e-book) (London: Palgrave, 2014)    

James M. Harding, ‘(Re)Dressing Desire and Comfortable Subversions in Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine’, PMLA. ISSN: 0030-8129 113:2(1998), pp. 258-272


Lynette Goddard, ‘Breaking the Silence: Women's Solidarity in debbie tucker green's Abuse and Trauma Plays’ in Contemporary Black British playwrights : margins to mainstream ISBN: 9780230237483 (hbk.) : £55.00 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Lynette Goddard, ‘Around the World: African and Caribbean Human Rights in debbie tucker green's Global Plays’ in Contemporary Black British playwrights : margins to mainstream ISBN: 9780230237483 (hbk.) : £55.00 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

M. Pearce, ‘Empathy in diaspora – debbie tucker green’s stoning mary, generations and truth and reconciliation’ in Black British drama ISBN: 9781317422181 (e-book) : a transnational perspective ISBN: 9781317422181 (e-book): A Transnational Story (London: Taylor and Francis, 2017)  

Elaine Aston, ‘Feeling the Loss of Feminism: Sarah Kane’s Blasted and an Experiential Genealogy of Contemporary Women’s Playwriting’, Theatre journal. ISSN: 0192-2882 62:4(2010), pp. 575-591.

Lynette Goddard, ‘debbie tucker green’ in Dan Rebeall (ed.) Modern British playwriting, 2000-2009 [electronic resource] : Voices, documents, new interpretations (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)

Marissia Fragkou and Lynette Goddard, ‘Acting in-action: staging human rights in debbie tucker green's Royal Court plays’ in Contemporary British theatre : breaking new ground ISBN: 9781137010124 (hardback); 1137010126 (hardback) (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

This list was last updated on 08/12/2017