Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG331H1S  L5101  T6-9
Drama 1485-1603
Professor Peter Grav

Brief Description of Course: After starting with representative works from the genres of mystery and morality plays, this course will consider seven sixteenth-century dramatic texts. In addition to studying these plays as works of literature, we'll also explore how they implicitly document an era in which values were significantly shifting in areas such as the role of theatre, religious beliefs, gender relations and economic thinking.

Required Reading: Anon The Second Shepherds' Play; Anon, Everyman; Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy; Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus; Marlowe, Dr. Faustus and Edward II; Anon., Arden of Feversham; Dekker, The Shoemaker's Holiday; Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

First Three Authors/Texts: Anon, The Second Shepherds' Play; Anon, Everyman; Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy;

Texts: The course texts (The Blackwell Anthology of Renaissance Drama and the Oxford Troilus and Cressida) will be available at The University of Toronto Bookstore. Any reputable edition of each play is acceptable as well; just try to use ones with good editorial work and glossing.

Method of Instruction: Lecture and discussion.



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