E 361K • English Drama to 1642
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
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).
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