2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    Aug 22, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENG 255 - Studies in the Renaissance

Intended to build on English 120 and/or 140, this course will draw on established and emerging theoretical insights to trace a specific thematic concern-such as, “New World” colonization or Renaissance anti-intellectualism-through a representative sampling of Renaissance texts from about 1500-1700. For undergraduate English majors this course satisfies the Period (D-1) requirement. For English minors, this course counts as a 200-level English course.

Spring 2019 - Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
In this seminar we will examine a selection of plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries within the historical and cultural context of early modern England. The playhouses of this period were vibrant spaces of entertainment, education, and controversy, where hot topics and concerns of the day were explored through the action onstage. As many as 3,000 people - from nearly every social class - would pack the Globe, the Curtain, and other Bankside theatres on a daily basis; the plays we will read this semester contain as broad a range of characters as did their original audiences. By engaging with a variety of dramatic genres (domestic tragedy, tales of revenge, city comedies, and more!), we will gain insights into early modern England while exploring issues that continue to pre-occupy us today: economic and class conditions; power; justice; moral and political corruption; anxieties about gender roles, expectations, and identity; family relationships; and of course the importance of having a good time. Playwrights will include Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, Thomas Middleton, Thomas Dekker, Francis Beaumont, and John Ford.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Anticipated Terms Offered: TBA