Melodrama: Theatre and Film (DRA3090)

30 credits

This module will explore melodrama as a performance genre across the media of theatre and screen from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day. It will examine melodrama as a performance mode of extreme feeling, emerging from the political and social revolutions in Europe at the end of the eighteenth century, and trace the ways in which melodrama endures as mass popular entertainment in early silent cinema, the ‘woman’s film’, and television soap opera.

This module would be suitable for students studying Drama, English, and Film.