Todd A Rygh
Introduces literature from the Age of Shakespeare to the American and French Revolutions, focusing on major works that have shaped the development of literary and intellectual traditions in these centuries. Topics include: The Renaissance, religious and political reforms, exploration and colonialism, vernacular cultures, and scientific thought. Offered: AWSpS.
For AUTUMN 2007: The purpose of this course is to explore the development and history of English drama from its roots in the folk and liturgical traditions in the High Middle Ages, followed by plays drawn from the various theatrical genres of the Late Middle Ages, through to the course’s ending point in the London stage of Renaissance. One of the questions this course will dwell upon is the difference between the religious and social function of drama as a performed event versus the transmission of the plays as a textual artifact. A course reader will provide brief examples of liturgical plays, mummings, selections from the great medieval cycle dramas, and reformation-era plays. We will then turn our attention to Everyman, Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist.
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