Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG331H1F L0101

ENG331H1F   L0101   M3-5, W3
Drama to 1603
Instructor: S. Star

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room TBA
Email: sarah.star@mail.utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course: This course focuses on the plays written and performed in England during the late Middle Ages (c. 1450) through to the end of the Elizabethan era (1603), offering a wide array of dramatic forms, genres, modes of performance, and writers. The late medieval and early modern periods were times of dramatic development: these periods featured the first plays to experiment with different kinds of verse; the first plays to represent the history of English nationhood; and the first English plays to be categorized as comedies, a category which continued to expand throughout the early modern period. By reading plays written by playwrights such as John Lyly, Thomas Kyd, John Marston, Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, George Chapman and William Shakespeare alongside plays whose authorship remains anonymous, students will learn about the complex and unstable dramatic culture of medieval and early modern England. We will explore as a class the early development of genres that would later flourish in early modern England, considering both textual and performative aspects of the plays, as a means to nuance our understanding of the relationship between medieval and early modern drama and of theatre history more broadly.

Required Reading: TBA.

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Evaluation: TBA.

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