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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2008

E 379N • CANCELLED: Shakespeare and Marlowe

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35357 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
CBA 4.324

Course Description

In this course we will compare the poetry and plays of Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare both textually and contextually. Themes of sexuality and gender link many of the poems, the concepts of genocide and the rising Muslim empire emerge in Tamburlaine Part 1 and Othello, racism runs rife in The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice, and problems of religion, masculinity, and magic are interwoven in Doctor Faustus and Macbeth. We will situate these poems and plays not only in their Elizabethan and Jacobean settings, but we will also study their place in English literature, as a bridge between the medieval and the modern.

We will focus on oral performance to give voice to the power of these men's lines and to allow students the opportunity to enhance their oral skills in a variety of settings. We will also consider several films of the plays themselves and their time period.

Grading Policy

Students will maintain an informal writing journal, which will count 25% of the final grade. Students will also be required to memorize 60 lines from both genres and authors, which will count 10% of the final grade. Each student will lead discussion twice, worth 10% for each time and 20% total. Students will collaborate on a group presentation, which will count as 20% of their final grade. A final exam will count 25% of the grade.

Discussion leading: 20%
Memorization: 10%
Writing journal: 25%
Group presentation: 20%
Final exam: 25%

Attendance is required; students are allowed three absences, after which their grade will drop a letter. Tardies will be treated as absences if they occur more than twice.


Shakespeare plays: Othello, Merchant of Venice, Macbeth
Marlowe plays: Tamburlaine Part 1, The Jew of Malta, B-Text of Doctor Faustus
Course packet


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