Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG335H1F

ENG335H1F  L0101   T12-1, R 12-2
Drama 1603-1642 
Professor Katherine Williams

Brief Description of Course: This course focuses on English drama by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, offering an intensive introduction to drama that feels both of a particular historical moment and strangely modern. We will take up these plays by asking how these imaginative constructions evoke the cityscape of early modern London, draw upon the world to consider what it meant to be “English,” and explore (and parody) dominant dramatic genres and theatrical practices. We will examine the intersection of identity, nation, and world as these ideas are insisted upon—and fractured—in the popular imagination of the early modern theater.

Required Reading: Robert Greene, James IV; Anonymous, Look About You; George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, Eastward Ho; Anonymous, The Fair Maid of the Exchange; Robert Armin, The Two Maids of Moreclack; William Shakespeare, Pericles; John Fletcher and Philip Massinger, The Sea Voyage; John Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, The Changeling; John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi; William Heming, The Fatal Contract; selected short critical excerpts.

First Three Authors/Texts: Robert Greene, James IV; Anonymous, Look About You; George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, Eastward Ho.

Method of Instruction: Primarily lecture, with regular excursions into seminar-style discussion, in which all students will be asked to participate.

Method of Evaluation: Class participation, comprised of attendance, quizzes, and discussion (20%), short writing assignments (40%), creative project (20%), close-reading essay (20%).

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