English 190

Research Seminar: Christopher Marlowe


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
11 Spring 2011 Landreth, David
Landreth, David
TTh 2-3:30 221 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Marlowe, C.: Complete Poems & Translations; Marlowe, C.: Complete Plays; Marlowe, C.: Doctor Faustus; Shakespeare, W.: Richard III; Shakespeare, W.: As You Like It; Virgil: Aeneid (tr. Fitzgerald); Ovid: Metamorphoses (tr. Melville); Machiavelli, N.: The Prince (tr. Adams)

Recommended: Marlowe, C.: Tamburlaine the Great; Marlowe, C.: The Jew of Malta; Marlowe, C.: Edward the Second

Description

Marlowe invented the modern theater, unleashing a power of spectacle, dialogue, and oratory that instantly addicted much of the teeming city of London and horrified the rest. This seminar will use the unbounded, amoral ambition of Marlowe's staged protagonists to imagine the limitless possibility and indefinable dangers that attended upon the new institution of the theater in the early 1590s, and to understand the ways in which Marlowe himself came to be deemed a dangerous man: brawler, blasphemer, spy, counterfeiter, atheist, sodomite.

We will consider as contexts the classical materials that Marlowe made his own; the contemporary world of literary rivalry and of national and religious paranoia into which he inserted himself; and the afterlife that Marlowe's drama and his own memory enjoyed after his early and violent death--most of all in the work of Shakespeare, his greatest rival and successor.

This section of English 190 satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

English 190 replaced English 100 and 150 as of Fall '09. English majors may fulfill the seminar requirement for the major by taking one section of English 190 (or by having taken either English 100 or English 150 before Fall '09). Please read the paragraph on page 2 of this Accouncement of Classes for more details about enrolling in, or wait-listing for, this course.

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