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

Spring 2005

E 361K • English Drama to 1642

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32325 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
PAR 105

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the drama of Shakespeare's contemporaries, with special attention to the drama's explorations of social change. We will read plays by various authors, all with a thematic focus on the ways money and marriage interact in a context of social mobility. The course will also pursue two other specific goals: (1) a special emphasis on non-Shakespearean drama, placing the over-emphasized bard in a context of literary as well as social conversation and debate; (2) moving beyond the power binary (of domination "vs." subjection).

Grading Policy

Class participation 10%
5 memos: Memos assigned without advance notice: 3-page typed meditations 16% each
Final exam (cumulative) 10%

Class participation includes class attendance as well as office hour, and e-mail conversation. Attendance will be logged by sign-in sheet, and it will be your responsibility to sign it; if you are late, for instance. Three unexcused absences will cut your final grade by one grade point; six unexcused absences will result in failing the course.


The Merchant of Venice, The Miseries of Enforced Marriage
Much Ado about Nothing, The Roaring Girl
Volpone, Eastward Ho!
A Trick to Catch the Old One, Epicoene
A Mad World, My Masters, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
A Woman Killed with Kindness, A New Way to Pay Old Debts
Women Beware Women


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