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English Renaissance Drama

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Kevin Curran
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2018

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 4.00


This discussion-based course provides students with an introduction to the most vibrant period in the history of English theater. We will focus on a generically and stylistically eclectic group of plays written between 1576 and 1642 by Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Kyd, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and John Webster. Although the course aims to impart a broad knowledge of English Renaissance Drama, three crucial aspects of the form will anchor our conversations throughout the semester: (1) The material conditions of performance. How did the space of the stage and particular acting techniques shape the meaning of plays in the theater? (2) The reception of plays by a public. How did early modern men and women experience and respond to plays both in performance and print? (3) The place of theater in the political and cultural imagination of Renaissance England. To what extent, and in what particular ways, did the theater contribute to what we would now call critical thinking?

Plays We Will Read (Bloomsbury/Arden Editions Available at "Books, Books, Books"):
Christopher Marlowe, Tambulaine the Great, Part 1
Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy
Thomas Middleton, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
Ben Jonson, Epicoene
John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi


Exigences du cursus d'études

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