ENGL 320 Fall 2013 Marlowe and Shakespeare (W)

Cross Listed as THEA320
In 1586, at the age of twenty-three, Christopher Marlowe wrote Tamburlaine the Great. Over the next six years-probably while moonlighting as a government spy--he went on to produce some of the strangest and also most influential works of English drama. Then in 1593, Marlowe was murdered, stabbed through the eye in a tavern brawl. It is often said that Marlowe's early death, no less than his early success, made the work of Shakespeare possible. In this tutorial we will read Marlowe's Edward II, the first popular history play in English, and Shakespeare's Richard II; The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice; Doctor Faustus and Macbeth. We will look at ways in which Marlovian preoccupations--with lurid violence, with debasement, with self-invention--resurface in Shakespeare, in new forms. In the process we will also take up more general questions of literary influence: What do writers borrow from each other? And how does the knowledge of indebtedness--shared to varying degrees with an audience--affect the meaning and impact of their work? Critical readings will include essays by Harry Levin, Harold Bloom and Stephen Greenblatt.
Class Format: tutorial; students will meet with the instructor in pairs for an hour each week
Requirements/Evaluation: students will write a 5- to 7-page paper every other week (five in all), and comment on their partners' papers in alternate weeks;
Additional Info: emphasis will be placed on developing skills not only in reading and interpretation, but also in constructing critical arguments and responding to them
Additional Info2: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: English majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1737
ENGL320-T1(F) TUT Marlowe and Shakespeare (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive John E. Kleiner
TBA 1737
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