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ENGL 4526 Shakespeare: Early Plays (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Who is behind Shakespeare’s plays? In this course, we will take an informed, scholarly approach to this perennial question. As we examine Shakespeare’s early plays, we will consider the diverse forces that have shaped and continue to shape this body of work: the conventions of early modern drama that the plays draw on; the many theatrical agents, from actors to audiences to adaptors, who developed and redeveloped the plays; the influence of the cultural climate of early modern England; and the academic debates that guide not only how Shakespeare is taught, but which plays are attributed to him at all.

Instructor(s): Andrea Crow

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: This course fulfills the pre-1700 requirement for English majors and the historical foundations course requirement for English minors.

Last Updated: 03-Aug-18