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123221 SE Literary Seminar / BA Paper / MA British/Irish/New English (2022S)

Thomas Middleton - "The Hogarth of the Pen"

11.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 18 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

NB: Vienna University as a whole is committed to going back to full on-site teaching in summer term 2022. It is possible that we might have to start online in March (see Zoom link on Moodle, but you WILL be notified whether or not we are going to be using it for the first lesson) but the aim here is to go on site as soon as Omicron has rolled through and the weather gets warmer. Nevertheless, all scholarly articles will be made available on Moodle.

Freitag 04.03. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 18.03. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 25.03. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 01.04. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 08.04. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 29.04. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 06.05. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 13.05. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 27.05. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 03.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 10.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Freitag 17.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Yes, there is Shakespeare… And then there is that other guy, a generation later, who wrote masterpieces of Jacobean drama in all four major genres (comedy, tragedy, history play, tragicomedy) and whose professional life was most intimately linked with his city. In addition, Thomas Middleton (no relation to Kate) penned some pageants for the Lord Mayor of London and other civic entertainments, before being appointed as city chronologer. Middleton has been described as "The Hogarth of the Pen", which doesn't help a lot, unless you know who Hogarth is and what he did. William Hogarth was a widely popular 18th century painter/printmaker, who produced a body of work famed for depicting urban life with a satirical edge. And Middleton has the same type of talent, only a century earlier and chooses a verbal rather than a visual medium to express it. In this course, we are going to delve into 17th century London, courtesy of Middleton, whom one anonymous Victorian critic considered "too gross", in order to take a close look at four plays, two of which - not untypically, for the time, he co-authored with other playwrights.Quizzes:There will be a text knowledge quiz for each play, due before the lesson when we first discuss it. You will be able to fill in each quiz at home. Please send each filled-in quiz as a pdf-file attachment via email to sylvia.mieszkowski@univie.ac.at. NB: Any quiz sent in after the relevant class has started, will remain unmarked, which means you won't be able to collect points on it.Specialist model:Most importantly, this should allow you to delve into a world that is 'chronologically other' from ours and thus learn by comparing and contrasting. We will also discuss different approaches to the selected plays, which focus on aspects of gender, class, mythology, intertextuality, religion, politics and contemporary scandal. As regards methodology: There will be no monological student presentations in this class. Instead, you are expected to act as a specialist for one lesson of the term, either alone or as a member of a team, depending on the number of participants. How exactly this works in terms of timing, what will be expected of you and what a 'prep mail', 'the double-feedback-loop' and a 'golden nugget' is, I shall explain in detail in the first lesson. You'll be expected to write a prep mail, provide a ppt presentation as an accompaniment to your specialist task and give feedback to one specialist/team.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance (online); regular and appropriate preparation of assigned reading material; specialist task; active participation in following discussion (online); 4 plot-quizzes (sent in as pdf email attachment); final paper including anti-plagiarism statement (sent in as .doc to sylvia.mieszkowski@univie.ac.at and uploaded as .pdf onto Turnitin).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

No more than two lessons may be missed without certified medical reason. If a doctor's note is produced, a third lesson may be missed but is to be compensated for at the teacher's discretion. If more than three lessons are missed, this results in failing the course.

Quiz 1: 2,5%
Quiz 2: 2,5%
Quiz 3: 2,5%
Quiz 4: 2,5%
Active participation in discussion: 10%
Specialist task: 30%
Term paper: 50%

Points must be collected in all of these areas to pass. The benchmark for passing this course is at 60%.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 81-89%
3 (satisfactory): 71-80%
4 (pass): 60-70%
5 (fail): 0-59%

The term papers/BA theses will be marked according to the following categories: form; content; methodology; quality of thesis; language; style.

The written work has to be accompanied by a signed and dated anti-plagiarism statement, sent by email as a .pdf file. The written work itself (6500-8000 words for a term paper; 8500-10000 words for a BA thesis) is to be uploaded through the Turnitin system as well as sent (as a .doc file) via email to me: sylvia.mieszkowski@univie.ac.at.

Deadline for term papers: 31 July 2022
Deadline for BA theses: 31 August 2022


There will be no written exam. Participants are expected to study set materials and additional secondary/theory sources, take active part in the discussions, show up for the prep meeting, write a prep mail, produce a ppt presentation for their lesson, actively guide one discussion of the course, participate in the triple feedback loop and hand in assignments on time.


Books to buy:- Middleton/Dekker, The Roaring Girl (comedy)- Middleton, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (comedy)- Middleton/Rowley, The Changeling (tragedy)- Middleton, Women Beware Women (tragedy)All four plays are collected in the following volume, which has been ordered for you by Facultas. Please buy it there, to lend support to our cherished on-Campus bookshop. William C. Carroll (ed.), Thomas Middleton, Four Plays (New Mermaids Anthologies), London: Methuen, 2012. ISBN:978-1408156582Other critical editions of the plays we shall be discussing are acceptable, too, if you are already in possession of a copy (no translations, though!). If you prefer an online edition, please use Gary Taylor (ed.), Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works (2010), which Vienna University Library makes available as a fully licenced ebook. But if you are buying, please purchase the volume mentioned above.Texts on Moodle:All secondary reading that is, critical texts on the plays to be discussed and their cultural/political/historical/social contexts (written by Taylor, Seaver, Stage, Rubright, Rossini, Woodbridge, Schülting, Streete, Lowett, Ellerbeck, Luttfring, Patterson and Zysk) will be made available at the beginning of term as pdf files on Moodle.Preparatory background reading:Gary Taylor, "Lives and Afterlives" in: Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works (2010), also available as a pdf on Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: BA 612, MA 844; MA 844(2)
Code/Modul: BA10.2, MA4, MA7; MA 4.1, 4.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-0449

Letzte Änderung: Mo 21.02.2022 12:48