ENGL 314
Renaissance Drama Spring 2010
Division I
Cross-listed THEA 315 / ENGL 314
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English drama began as a communal religious event only to be reinvented as a peculiarly lurid–and profitable–form of popular entertainment. In this course we will study plays and masques written between the opening of the first commercial theater in London in 1576 and the official closing of the theaters by parliamentary decree in 1642. We will focus on the sensational aspects of these works–their preoccupation with revenge, black magic, sexual ambiguity and grotesque violence–and also on their technical virtuosity. Authors will include Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Kyd, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John Webster and Cyril Tourneur.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3641
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short exercises, two 5- to 7-page papers and a final exam
Prerequisites: a 100-level English course
Enrollment Preferences: none
Unit Notes: meets pre-1700 requirement in English major only if registration is under ENGL
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
THEA 315 Division I ENGL 314 Division I

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