[Revised 8-15-06]

Texts for Fall 2006 (available at Odyssey Bookstore)


English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology, ed. David Bevington et. al. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002.

Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion, ed. Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr., Patrick Cheney and Andrew Hadfield. New York, Oxford Univ. Press, 2006.

Writing and speaking assignments:

Each student, each week, is reponsible for posting a comment or question about the week's reading assignments on the course on-line disussion board in WebCT. Postings are due by 5 PM of the Monday before class.

Each student will submit a short (about 5 page) paper at midsemester and a substantial paper involving independent research at the end of the semester. You should aim for a length of about 15 pages in your research paper. As early in the semester as you conveniently can, you should discuss your plans for both papers with the instructor. Some students may decide to use the long paper as a chance to pursue further issues that arise in the short paper, but you are not required to do so. There will not be a final exam.

Each student will give a 10-minute report to the whole class on her long paper project. You may want to speak in some depth about one section of your long paper rather than trying to summarize the whole argument. The oral report, a "first draft" of your paper, gives you a chance to test out your ideas and receive advice from the class (including the instructor) at a time when you still have ample opportunity to revise your work.




 Sept 12  Tu The Elizabethan theater and acting companies. Miracle plays, morality plays and interludes. The development of professional theater. What is a book? Read Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Act 1 (Bevington, pp. 189-200); Wendy Wall, "Dramatic Authorship and Print" (Sullivan, pp. 1-11).
 Sept 19  Tu Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy. Gregory M. Colon Semenza, "The Spanish Tragedy and Revenge" (Sullivan, pp. 50-60).
 Sept 26  Tu Arden of Faversham. Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr., "Arden of Faversham and the Early Modern Household" (Sullivan, pp. 73-81).
 Oct 3  Tu Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus. Kristen Poole, "Doctor Faustus and Reformation Theology" (Sullivan, pp. 96-107).
Oct 10  Tu Fall Break, Sat-Tues, Oct 7-10
Oct 17  Tu Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, The Roaring Girl. Clare McManus, "The Roaring Girl and the London Underworld" (Sullivan, pp. 213-224).
 Oct 24  Tu Elizabeth Cary, The Tragedy of Mariam. Danielle Clarke, "The Tragedy of Mariam and the Politics of Marriage" (Sullivan, pp. 248-259).
     Short Paper Due, Friday, Oct. 27, 5 PM.
 Oct 31  Tu Ben Jonson, The Alchemist. Katherine Eggert, "The Alchemist and Science" (Sullivan, pp. 200-212).
 Nov 7  Tu Thomas Middleton (?), The Revenger's Tragedy. Michael Neill, "Death and The Revenger's Tragedy" (Sullivan, pp. 164-176).
 Nov 14  Tu John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi. Dympna Callaghan, "The Duchess of Malfi and Early Modern Widows" (Sullivan, pp. 272-286).
 Nov 21  Tu No class meeting. Individual conferences on papers in progress.
     Thanksgiving Recess, Wed-Sun, Nov 22-26
 Nov 28  Tu Reports on long papers.
 Dec 5  Tu Reports on long papers.
Dec 12  Tu Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, The Changeling.
    Reading Days,Thursday-Friday, Dec. 14-15. Final Exams, Saturday-Wednesday, Dec 16-20 (noon)
    No final exam. Long paper due by end of exam period, noon Wednesday, December 20.