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Module Reading List

Drama: Reading and Interpretation, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Brett Greatley-Hirsch
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


You are free to use any of the editions of the plays listed below. Entries with an asterisk (*) are available online, either open access or through the Library.
As we will discuss in detail, there may be significant differences between editions.

Editions like those listed below are frequently reprinted. James Morwood’s translation of The Bacchae and Other Plays, for example, was first published by Oxford UP in 1999 and then reprinted in 2000, 2002, and 2008, before it was digitised and made available in 2017 on Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (to which we don’t subscribe). For this reason, I have listed the edition as ‘c1999’, where the ‘c’ indicates that 1999 is the copyright date for that text (and which incorporates later reprints).

Top tip for purchasing set texts: use a federated search like to source new and used copies of set texts. Given the issue of reprints mentioned above, your best bet of sourcing the cheapest copy is to search by editor/translator and publisher, ignoring date of publication.


The Bacchae

Euripides, Bacchae, ed. and trans. by Richard Seaforth (Aris & Phillips, 1996)

Euripides, The Bacchaeed. and trans. by Stephen J. Esposito (Focus, 1998)

Euripides, Bacchaeed. and trans. by David Franklin (Cambridge UP, 2000)

Euripides, Bacchaeed. and trans. by Paul Woodruff (Hackett, 1998)

Euripides, The Bacchae and Other Plays, ed. and trans. by James Morwood (Oxford UP, c1999)

*Euripides, The Bacchae, trans. by Frederic Raphael and Kenneth McLeish (Nick Hern, 1998) [Online]


The Second Shepherds' Play

Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays, ed. by A.C. Cawley (c1956)

*The Towneley Playsed. by Garrett P.J. Epp (MIP 2018) [Online]


Twelfth Night

*William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, ed. by Keir Elam, Arden Shakespeare 3rd series (Arden Shakespeare, 2008) [Online]

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, 3rd edn, New Cambridge Shakespeare (Cambridge UP, 2017)

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, ed. by Roger Warren and Stanley Wells, Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford UP, c1995)

*William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, ed. by David Carnegie and Mark Houlahan (Internet Shakespeare Editions, 2014) [Online]


The Wild Duck

Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler and Other Plays, trans. by Deborah Dawkin and Erik Skuggevik (Penguin, 2019)

*Henrik Ibsen, The Wild Duck, in Plays: One, trans. by Michael Meyer (Methuen, c1968) [Online]

*Henrik Ibsen, The Wild Duck, ed. by David Eldridge, trans. by Charlotte Barslund (Methuen, 2005) [Online]

Henrik Ibsen,  An Enemy of the People, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, trans. by James McFarlane (Oxford UP, c1960)

Henrik Ibsen, The Wild Duck / John Gabriel Borkman: Two Plays, trans. by Peter Hall and Inga-Stina Ewbank (Oberon, 1991)

Henrik Ibsen, The Wild Duck, trans. by Stephen Mulrine (Nick Hern, 2006)



Margaret Edson, Wit (Nick Hern, 1999)          


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The following titles are suggested reading to provide further context for the plays on the module. You are, of course, encouraged to read beyond the titles listed below and to use the Library to identify suitable additional sources.


Performance Studies and Criticism

Arnold Aronson, ed., The Routledge Companion to Scenography (Routledge, 2018) [Online]

Christopher B. Balme, The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies (Cambridge UP, 2008) [In Library   

Martin Banham, The Cambridge Guide to Theatrenew edn (Cambridge UP, 1995) [In Library]

Maaike Bleeker, Adrian Kear, Joe Kelleher, and Heike Roms, eds, Thinking Through Theatre and Performace (Methuen, 2019) [In Library]    

Philip Butterworth and Joslin McKinney, The Cambridge Introduction to Scenography (Cambridge UP, 2009) [Online]

Colin Counsell and Laurie Wolf, eds, Performance Analysis  (Routledge, 2001)     

Tracy C. Davis, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies (Cambridge UP, 2008) [Online]

Mark Fisher, How to Write about Theatre (Bloomsbury, 2018) [Online]

Mark Fortier, Theory/Theatre: An Introduction (Routledge, 2016) [Online 

Elinor Fuchs, 'EF's Visit to a Small Planet: Some Questions to Ask a Play', Theater34.2 (2004), 5–9 [Online 

Dennis Kennedy, ed., The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance (Oxford UP, 2010) [Online]

Robert Leach, Theatre Studies: The Basics, 2nd edn (Routledge, 2013) [Online 

John Lennard and Mary Luckhurst, The Drama Handbook: A Guide to Reading Plays (Oxford UP, 2002) [In Library         

Toby Malone and Aili Huber, Cutting Plays for Performance: A Practical and Accessible Guide (Routledge, 2022)    

Kenneth Pickering, Key Concepts in Drama and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) [In Library]

Kenneth Pickering, Studying Modern Drama (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) [In Library]

Peter Reynolds, Drama: Text into Performance (Penguin, 1986) [In Library]

Magda Romanska, ed., The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy (Routledge, 2015) [Online]

Simon Shepherd, Drama/Theatre/Performance (Routledge, 2004) [Online 

 Avra Sidiropoulou, Directions for Directing: Theatre and Method (Routledge, 2019) [In Library]

J.L. Styan, Drama, Stage and Audience (Cambridge UP, 1975) [In Library]

Mick Wallis and Simon Shepherd, Studying Plays, 2nd edn (Hodder Education, 2002) [In Library]

William Worthen, Drama: Between Poetry and Performance (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) [In Library]


Theatre History

Christopher B. Balme and Tracy C. Davis, eds, A Cultural History of Theatre, 6 vols (Bloomsbury, 2017) [In Library]

M.C. Bradbrook, English Dramatic Form: A History of Its Development (Chatto & Wihndus, 1965) [In Library]

Marvin Carlson, Theories of the Theatre: A Historical and Critical Survey from the Greeks to the Present, rev. edn (Cornell UP, 1993) [In Library]

Claire Cochrane and Jo Robinson, eds, The Methuen Drama Handbook of Theatre History and Historiography (Methuen, 2020) [Online]

David Krasner, ed., Theatre in Theory, 1900–2000: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2008) [In Library]

Robert Leach, An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance, vol. 1, From the Romans to the Enlightenment (Routledge, 2019) [In Library] [Online]

Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton, eds, The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre (Cambridge UP, 2007) [Online] [In Library]

Jane Milling and Peter Thomson, eds, The Cambridge History of British Theatre, vol. 1, Origins to 1660 (Cambridge UP, 2004) [Online]

Tobin Nellhaus, Bruce A. McConachie, Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, and Tamara L. Underiner, eds, Theatre Histories: An Introduction, 3rd edn (Routledge, 2016) [In Library]

Simon Shepherd and Peter Womack, English Drama: A Cultural History (Blackwell, 1996) [In Library]

David Wiles and Christine Dymkowski, eds, The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History (Cambridge University Press, 2013) [Online]


The Bacchae

Patricia E. Easterling, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge UP, 1997) [Online]

Simon Goldhill, How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today (U of Chicago P, 2007) [In Library]

Justina Gregory, ed., A Companion to Greek Tragedy (Blackwell, 2005) [Online]

Brian Kulick, How Greek Tragedy Works: A Guide for Directors, Dramaturges, and Playwrights (Routledge, 2021)      

Laura K. McLure, ed., A Companion to Euripides (Wiley, 2017) [Online]

Justine McConnell, ‘Postcolonial Sparagmos: Toni Morrison's Sula and Wole Soyinka's The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite’, Classical Receptions Journal 8.2 (2016), 133–54 [Online]

Melissa Mueller, Objects as Actors: Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy (U of Chicago P, 2015) [Online]

Simon Perris, The Gentle, Jealous God: Reading Euripides' Bacchae in English (Bloomsbury, 2016) [Online]

Simon Perris ‘Perspectives on Violence in Euripides The Bacchae’, Mnemosene64.1 (2011), 37–57 [Online]

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

Ruth Scodel, An Introduction to Greek Tragedy (Cambridge UP, 2010) [In Library]

Laura Swift, Greek Tragedy: Themes and Contexts (Bloomsbury, 2016) [In Library       

Chiara Thumiger, ‘Animal World, Animal Representation and the "Hunting Model": Between Literal and Figurative in Euripides The Bacchae’, Phoenix, 60.3-4 (2006), 191–210 [Online]


The Second Shepherd’s Play

Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World, trans. by Helene Iswolsky (Indiana UP, 1984) [In Library]

Daisy Black, Play Time: Gender, Anti-Semitism and Temporality in Medieval Biblical Drama (Manchester UP, 2020) [In Library]

Ric Bowers, ‘Comedy, Carnival and Grace: The Performance of Mak in The Second Shepherds' Play’, English Studies in Canada, 28.4 (2002), 583–602  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Thomas J. Farrell, ‘Introduction: Bahktin, Liminality, and Medieval Literature’, in Bakhtin and Medieval Voices, ed. by Thomas J. Farrell (UP of Florida, 1995), pp. 1–14    

Lisa J. Kaiser, '"Mak's Heirs": Sheep and Humans in the Pastoral Ecology of the Towneley First and Second Shepherds' Plays’, Journal of English and Germanic Philology108.3 (2009), 336–59 [Online]

Pamela King, ed., The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and Performance (Routledge, 2016) [Online]

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

Nicole Nolan Sidhu, 'Women's Work, Companionate Marriage, and Mass Death in the Biblical Drama', in Indecent Exposure: Gender, Politics, and Obscene Comedy in Middle English Literature (U of Pennsylvania P, 2016) [Online]

Robert S. Sturges, The Circulation of Power in Medieval Biblical Drama: Theaters of Authority (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) [Online]

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 UP, 2008), pp. 26–74 [Online 


Twelfth Night

Stephen Booth, 'Shakespeare's Language and the Language of Shakespeare's Time', Shakespeare Survey, 50 (1998), 1–17 [Online 

J.P.C. Brown, ‘Seeing Double: Dramaturgy and the Experience of Twelfth Night’, Shakespeare10.3 (2014), 293–308 [Online]

Margareta de Grazia and Stanley Wells, eds, The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (Cambridge UP, 2010) [Online 

Frances E. Dolan, Twelfth Night: Language and Writing (Bloomsbury, 2014) [Online]

Alison Findlay and Liz Oakley Brown, eds, Twelfth Night: A Critical Reader  (Bloomsbury, 2013) [Online]

Penny Gay, The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies (Cambridge UP, 2008) [In Library   

Lisa Hopkins, Beginning Shakespeare (Manchester UP, 2005) [In Library           

Stephen Orgel, Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England (Cambridge UP, 1996) [In Library]

Michael B. Owen, ‘“Of Here and Everywhere”: Dynamic Spatial Perspectives in Twelfth Night’, Shakespeare13.3 (2017), 258–70 [Online]

R.S. White, ‘Smiles that Reveal, Smiles that Conceal’, Shakespeare12.2 (2016), 134–47 [Online]

Chad Allen Thomas, ‘Antonio’s (Happy) Ending: Queer Closure in All-male Twelfth Night', Comparative Literature48.3 (2013), 221–240 [Online]


The Wild Duck

Errol Durbach, 'Ibsen and the Dramaturgy of Uncertainty', Ibsen Studies, 6.2 (2006), 124–38 [Online]

Verna A. Foster, 'Ibsen's Tragi-Comedy: The Wild Duck', Modern Drama, 38.3 (1995), 287–97 [Online]

Olivia Noble Gunn, 'A Scandalous Similarity? The Wild Duck and the Romantic Child', Ibsen Studies, 13.1 (2013), 47–76 [Online]

C.D. Innes, ed., A Sourcebook on Naturalist Theatre (Routledge, 2000) [Online]

Jørgen Lorentzen, 'Ibsen and Fatherhood', New Literary History, 37.4 (2006), 817–36 [Online]

Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker, 'Ibsen's "new method": The Wild Duck', in Ibsen's Lively Art: A Performance Study of the Major Plays (Cambridge UP, 1989), pp. 126–61 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  [In Library    

James McFarlane, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Ibsen (Cambridge UP, 1994) [Online 

Toril Moi, Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy (Oxford UP, 2006) [In Library]

Erik Osterud, 'Henrik Ibsen's Theatre Mask: Tableau, Absorption and Theatricality in The Wild Duck', Orbis Litterarum, 51.3 (1996), 148–77 [Online]

Kenneth Pickering and Jayne Thompson, Naturalism in Theatre: Its Development and Legacy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) [In Library     

Rachel Price, 'Animal, Magnetism, Theatricality in Ibsen's The Wild Duck', New Literary History, 37.4 (2006), 797–816 [Online

Mathew Wilson Smith, 'The Wild Duck: A Play of Play', Modern Drama, 45.1 (2002), 9–22 [Online]

J.L. Styan, Modern Drama in Theory and Practice (Cambridge UP, 1981) [In Library]

W.B. Worthen, Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theatre (U of California P, 2015) [Online]



Martha Greene Eads, ‘Unwitting Redemption in Margaret Edson’s Wit’, Christianity and Literature 51.2, (2002), 241–54 [Online]

Pamela Cooper, 'Violence, Pain, Pleasure: Wit', in Peering Behind the Curtain: Disability, Illness, and the Extraordinary Body in Contemporary Theater, ed. by Thomas Fahy and Kimball King (Routledge, 2012), pp. 24–34 [Online]

Stanton B. Garner, Jr., 'Bodies of Knowledge: Theatre and Medical Science', in The Cambridge Companion to Theatre and Science, ed. by Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (Cambridge UP, 2020), pp. 85–100 [Online]

Christine M. Gottlieb, 'Pedagogy and the Art of Death: Reparative Readings of Death and Dying in Margaret Edson’s Wit', The Journal of Medical Humanities, 39.3 (2018), 325–36 [Online]

Therese Jones, 'Ending in Wonder: Replacing Technology with Revelation in Margaret Edson's W;t', Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 50.3 (2007), 395–409 [Online]

Elizabeth Klaver, 'A Mind-Body-Flesh Problem: The Case for Margaret Edson's Wit', Contemporary Literature, 45.4 (2004), 659–83 [Online]

Rosette C. Lamont, ‘Comma versus Comma: John Donne’s Holy Sonnets in Edson’s Wit’, The Massachusetts Review, 40.4 (1999), 569–75 [Online]

Valerie Raoul, Connie Canam, Gloria Onyeoziri and Carla Paterson, 'Magaret Edson's Play Wit: Death at the End or the End of Death?' in Unfitting Stories: Narrative Approaches to Disease, Disability, and Trauma (Wilfred Laurier UP, 2007), pp. 285–96 [Online]

Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan, ‘Margaret Edson’s Wit and the Art of Analogy’, Style, 40.4 (2006), 346–56 [Online 

Naomi Rokotnitz, 'Between Faulty Intellects and Failing Bodies: An Economy of Reciprocity in Wit and 33 Variations', in Affective Performance and Cognitive Science: Body, Brain and Being, ed. by Bruce McConachie and Rhonda Blair (Bloomsbury, 2013), pp. 117–131 [In Library]

Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and Aids and Its Metaphors (Penguin, 2002) [In Library] [Online]           

Jacqueline Vanhoutte, ‘Cancer and the Common Woman in Margaret Edson’s W;t’, Comparative Drama, 36.3–4 (2002), 391–410 [Online]

This list was last updated on 27/04/2022