John C Coldewey
Seminar study of special topics in language and literary study. Limited to seniors majoring in English.
This course will trace the moments of development from late medieval English drama through Elizabethan drama. We will look at examples of medieval plays -- cycle plays, non-cycle plays, interludes and humanist drama, in part to understand the flowering of drama that followed during the last half of the sixteenth century. Then we will be reading some of the best examples of Elizabethan drama by Shakespeare's contemporaries. We will be concerned mainly with critical and cultural issues.
Student learning goals
Our primary goal will be to understand plays as theatrical and literary events. As theatrical events they relate to history and culture; as literary events they relate to the aesthetic tests of time.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading