ENGL 314 Fall 2012 Renaissance Drama

Cross Listed as THEA315
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.
Class Format: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: several short exercises, two 5- to 7-page papers and a final exam
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course, or a score of 5 on the Advanced Placement examination in English Literature or a 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate
Enrollment Preference: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories A
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1603
ENGL314-01(F) SEM Renaissance Drama Division 1: Languages and the Arts John E. Kleiner
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 158 1603
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