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ENGLISH LITERATURE (L14)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2017

L14 E Lit 372The Renaissance: Early Modern English Theater3.0 Units
Description:This 300-level, discussion-based seminar covers major dramatists (excluding Shakespeare) of the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century. Early modern commercial theater offered its audiences a space in which to explore the pleasures and dangers of their rapidly changing social, cultural, and political world. From the bombastic, atheistic, blank verse of Christopher Marlowe's "Tamburlaine," to the lurid, true-crime, domestic tragedy "Arden of Faversham," popular theater gave mixed-class groups of playgoers upwardly mobile antiheros to admire, fear, mock, and emulate. City comedies helped Londoners navigate the new realities of urban capitalism. Ben Jonson's "Everyman Out of His Humor" both satirizes and helped create fashions of dress and behavior in an emerging culture of conspicuous consumption, while Eastward Ho! dramatizes the performative possibilities and personal risks of the credit economy. In revenge tragedies such as John Webster's "Duchess of Malfi," the detritus of pre-Reformation, Catholic worship returns to haunt the hearts and minds of Protestant playgoers. Travel plays such as Phillip Massinger's "Renegado" present seductive and unsettling fantasies about English encounters with Islam through trade and piracy in the multicultural Mediterranean. Through history plays such as Thomas Middleton's "Game at Chess," ordinary playgoers developed habits of critical political thought. Paying close attention to staging across a wide range of dramatic genres, we will examine the cultural implications of innovative theatrical effects. Satisfies the Early Modern requirement.
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Course Type:HomeSame As:U65 396Frequency:None / History
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