English 317, Fall 2006
Gender and Power in Early
Meeting Time: Tuesday 1:00-3:50, Shattuck 203.
Office: 638 Williston Library
Phone: office, 538-2311; home, 253-9166
Office Hours, Monday and Wednesday, 1:30-3:30,
and by appointment.
How is gender represented, and how is
power gendered, in plays by Shakespeare's contemporaries and
successors? Examples: unruly Alice Arden murdering her husband,
Kate "tamed" in The Taming of the Shrew, Fletcher's
"reply," The Tamer Tamed, and Middleton and
Dekker's Roaring Girl, Moll Cutpurse. Topics such as boy actors,
cross-dressing, early modern theories of sexuality and the cultural
construction of same-sex relationships. Readings in plays by
such writers as Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Elizabeth Cary, Beaumont
and Fletcher, Dekker, Middleton, Webster and Ford, and in recent
criticism. Substantial opportunity for independent work reflecting
each student's own interests.
Satisfies Humanities I-A requirement
Prereq. 8 credits in department beyond
English 101 or permission of instructor; 4 credits; enrollment
limited to 15; 1 meeting (3 hours); satisfies English department
pre-1700 requirement; satisfies English department seminar requirement
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.