Department of English

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2000 Series Course Descriptions

ENG2282HF
Ben Jonson
J. Astington

Course Description:
Critical reading of a representative selection of the entire works of Jonson from the 1590s to the 1630s: plays, poems, masques, occasional entertainments, and prose. Jonson's literary life was long and varied, and it can make Shakespeare's look constrained by comparison. The difference in their long-term fame is evident, but Jonson had the more immediate influence on the writers surrounding and following him; there never was a "School of Will." Ben Jonson can be made to sound forbidding by calling him "learnèd," an adjective attached to his work fairly early in critical history. While recognising some of the rhetorical frameworks in which he worked we shall concentrate on encountering the energy, inventiveness, and occasional sheer wildness of his writing.

Course Reading List:
Major plays from Every Man In to Bartholomew Fair; selected early and later plays. Selected poems from Jonson's major collections, with some other uncollected poems. Selected masques and entertainments from Queens to Bolsover. Discoveries, Conversations with Drummond.

Course Method of Evaluation and Requirements:
Continuous evaluation of class preparation/participation; 20% Oral seminar presentation; 35% Final written paper, c. 5K words: 45%

Term: F-Term (Fall or First Term: September - December 2018)
Date/Time: Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, 2 hours
Location: Room JHB 718 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)

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ENG2535HF
Shakespeare and his Contemporaries 
TBA

Course Description:
A survey of some of the most well-known works of Shakespeare alongside some lesser-known works of his most prolific, successful, and popular contemporaries, including (but not limited to) Thomas Dekker, Thomas Heywood, George Chapman Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher, and Anonymous. Topics for research and discussion will include: systems of theatrical and textual production in early modern England; historical and contemporary theories of acting and dramatic form; historical and critical constructions of Shakespeare as a canonical author; the relationship between popular cultural and "literary" forms.

Course Reading List:
Readings include: Richard III, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, and Pericles; other plays likely include The Spanish Tragedy, The Jew of Malta, Volpone, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Eastward Ho, The Duchess of Malfi, and The Island Princess, along with selected critical and theoretical material.

Methods of Evaluation and Course Requirements: 
Perfect attendance and engaged participation in seminar discussions, 20%; Short responses, 30%; Final research paper (c. 6,000 words), 50%.

Term: F-Term (Fall or First Term: September - December 2018)
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, 2 hours
Location: Room JHB 718  (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)

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ENG2983HS COURSE CANCELLED
Paradise Lost
Instructor TBA

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