English 190

Research Seminar: Shakespeare and Company


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
2 Fall 2019 Landreth, David
MW 1:30-3 305 Wheeler

Book List

Bevington, David: English Renaissance Drama: a Norton Anthology; Gurr, Andrew: Playgoing in Shakespeare's London; Shakespeare, William: The Norton Shakespeare: Essential Plays and Sonnets (3rd ed.)

Description

In this research seminar, we'll be considering Shakespeare, his playwriting rivals, his actorly partners, and their audiences as participants in the burgeoning entertainment industry of early modern London. We'll attend to the conditions and possibilities of performance on different stages; we'll trace the development of theatrical genres across the work of our playwrights; we'll situate the theater in the fabric of urban experience; and we'll consider what makes each of our plays extraordinary as well as what they seem to have in common. We will learn to work with early modern evidence for the theater's context as well as with modern secondary sources, and to marshal research into a complex and wide-ranging critical argument.

This section of English 190 can fulfill the pre-1800 requirement of the English major; it does NOT fulfill the Shakespeare requirement. Students should have fulfilled the Shakespeare requirement before enrolling in the class.

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