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Spring 2017-2018
* ENG 327 / GSS 410 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The English Drama to 1700

Michael W. Cadden

A study of English drama from its medieval origins to Restoration comedy, with special attention to major playwrights of the Renaissance (Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Webster, John Ford) and the Restoration (William Wycherley, Aphra Behn, Mary Pix). We'll study the theatrical and political conditions that gave rise to this body of dramatic literature and its characteristic thematic obsessions (gender, sexuality, money, power, revenge, magic, wit and theatricality itself), as well as the ways in which the plays are performed today.

Sample reading list:
Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus, The Jew of Malta, Edward II
Ben Jonson, The Alchemist, Volpone
John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
John Ford, Tis Pity She's a Whore
Alphra Behn, The Rover
Mary Pix, The Innocent Mistress
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200pp. of reading weekly. Reading: one or two play per week, 20-40 pages of secondary reading. Writing: Weekly "Discussion Group" entries of 300-400 words on Blackboard, as well as two critical essays of approximately 3000 words.

Papers - 60%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other information:
Department Distribution: British Foundation

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41039 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Wallace Dance Building and The   W104   Enrolled:5 Limit:18