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ENGL 4526 Shakespeare: Early Plays (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will examine comedies, tragedies, and histories written by Shakespeare during the first half of his career. Plays may include The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Henry IV Parts I & II, Henry V, and The Merchant of Venice. We will also engage in archival research and read a variety of non-literary texts from the period in order to consider the cultural contexts in which these plays were produced and the ways that they explore notions of monarchy, gender, race, and recent royal history. We will think about how these plays resonate with modern audiences as well.


Instructor(s): Mary Crane

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills pre-1700 requirement.


Last Updated: 16-Jan-14