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ENGL 7743 Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Why was theater so popular in early modern England, yet also considered dangerous? This course covers a variety of comedies and tragedies written in England during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, including works by Kyd, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, and Webster. We will consider aspects of genre and staging, as well as the sexual, political and social implications of drama in the period. In addition, we will read critical essays that place these plays in historical context. Work will include a class presentation; informal web postings; a short paper; and a final long essay.

Instructor(s): Andrew Sofer

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17