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ENG-311   Drama of Early Modern Europe3 credits

Prerequisites: 200-level Introduction to Literary Studies course (any version)

The late 16th and early 17th centuries witnessed a flowering of professional theater not only in England (to Anglophone readers the best known example) but also in the city-states of Renaissance Italy, in Golden Age Spain, and in 17th-Century France. By studying the playwrights who helped produce this flowering, this course will try to resituate Elizabethan and Jacobean drama in its European context, considering literary and theatrical traditions alongside issues arising from the relationship of popular to elite cultures, from socioeconomic change, from the ideological and institutional development of political absolutism, and from the period's intense, varied, and contested religious life. Authors may include Machiavelli, Tasso, Lope de Vega, Calderon, Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, Corneille, Racine, and Moliere.(Literature Seminars)