English 114B

English Drama from 1603 to 1700

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2013 No instructor assigned yet.
TTh 11-12:30 note new room: 110 Barrows

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English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology

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This course will be a survey of some of the best seventeenth-century English drama. We will focus on the plays as plays – as series of actions upon the minds of audiences – and on ones first performed between 1603 and 1642, when the theaters were closed. If we have time, we may talk some about a Dryden play and possibly Congreve’s The Way of the World.

In no particular order, here are some of the plays I plan to assign: Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Jonson’s Epiocene and Bartholomew Fair, Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling, Shirley’s The Cardinal, Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, and a couple of masques – Jonson’s The Masque of Blackness and Milton’s Comus.

Two formal essays and an essay in lieu of the final exam.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.



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