Spring 2009

Introduction to Renaissance Drama, 1576-1642

Listed in: English, as ENGL-07


Allison K. Deutermann (Section 01)


How do generic conventions affect a work’s production and interpretation? Reading a selection of plays written for the commercial Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline theaters, we will try to answer this and other questions by considering the works in their historical and theatrical context, and by closely reading the plays themselves. Turning our attention to the tragedies, comedies, histories, and tragicomedies of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, Ford, and Shirley, we will consider a range of topics, including genre, performance history, politics, religion, and gender. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Deutermann.