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Global Theatricality in Renaissance England

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Teacher(s): Kevin Curran

Validity: 2019 -> 2019

Course Timetable (Weekly)

Date Location Notice Topics Lecturer(s)
2019/2020 : Friday 10:15-12:00 (Weekly) Anthropole/3148     Kevin Curran


Autumn semester
2 hours per week
28 hours per semester
Teaching language(s): English
Public: Yes
Credits: 4.00


It doesn't get much more European than the Renaissance. But is this really the case? In this course, students will discover that the literary, artistic, and scientific developments that took place in Europe between 1400 and 1700 were in fact global phenomena, the result of sustained interactions with Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Focusing on plays from sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, students will explore the wide array of words, objects, characters, and plots that were global imports. Other topics to be addressed include the way the literary and theatrical marketplace was shaped by an interest in the foreign; the economic and imaginative links between theater and colonialism; and the challenge Jewish and Islamic cultures of "the East" and indigenous cultures of the New World posed to forms of knowledge that were rooted in Christianity. Throughout the course we will be returning to a central question: how does English Renaissance theater fit into the larger history and philosophy of "cosmopolitanism"?

Required Texts:

Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine the Great, Parts 1 and 2 (Bloomsbury)

William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (Oxford University Press)

William Shakespeare, Othello (Oxford University Press)

John Fletcher, The Island Princess (Bloomsbury)

Philip Massinger, The Renegado (Bloomsbury)

Available at "Books, Books, Books" in Lausanne

Additional information


Use contextFaculty codeStatusCredits
A40-ANGL: Certificate of 40 credits ECTS in English (2013 ->) - A40-ANGL ›› English and American Literature - A40-ANGL-2-10Optional4.00
English, 2nd part (2013 ->) ›› English Literature - BA-ANG-2-201010Optional4.00
NIV-ANG: Mise ΰ niveau MA, Anglais (2013 ->) - NIV-ANG ›› English Literature - NIV-ANG-2-201010Optional4.00
Options, 2nd part (2013 ->) ›› English and American Literature - BA-OP-ANGLOptional4.00
Options, 2nd part (2013 ->) ›› English and American Literature - BA-OP-ANGL-TOptional4.00
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