Assignments

[Revised 5-24-10]

Texts for Fall 2010 (available at Odyssey Bookstore)

Required

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

Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, ed. David Bevington. Arden 3, 1998.

 

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 Ella. 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.

 

 

 

Date    
     
 Sept 8  W 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); in-class study of 1590 text in Early English Books On-Line (EEBO).
     
 Sept 15  W Finish Tamburlaine. Read Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy.
     
 Sept 22  W Arden of Faversham.
     
 Sept 29  W John Marston, The Malcontent.
     
Oct 6  W Ben Jonson, Volpone.
    Fall Break, Sat-Tues, Oct 9-12
Oct 13  W Ben Jonson, Epicene.
     Short Paper Due, Friday, Oct. 15, 5 PM.
 Oct 20  W Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.
     
 Oct 27  W Elizabeth Cary, The Tragedy of Mariam.
     
 Nov 3  W Middleton and Dekker, The Roaring Girl.
     
 Nov 10  W John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi. Paratextual materials from The White Devil.
     
 Nov 17  W No class meeting. Individual conferences on papers in progress.
     
     Thanksgiving Recess, Wed-Sun, Nov 24-28
     
 Dec 1  W Reports on long papers.
     
 Dec 8  W Reports on long papers. Last Class Meeting
     
    Conferences on papers, December 9-14
    Reading Days,Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 15-16. Final Exams, Friday-Tuesday, Dec 17-21 (noon)
    No final exam. Long paper due by end of exam period, noon Tuesday, December 21.