English | Early Plays of Shakespeare
L313 | 6819 | Ellen MacKay

Ellen MacKay

6819 - 11:15a-12:30p TR (30 students) 3 cr. A&H.

This course will examine examples of Shakespeare’s early tragedies,
histories and comedies as a body of literature that wields a great
deal of present influence, and that supplies us with rich and
compelling evidence of the kinds of i early modern English culture.
We will contemplate Shakespeare’s take on such pressing matters as
women's new domesticity, the classical tradition, emerging
nationalism, justice and revenge, human rights, gender and
sexuality, the politics of rule, and theatrical performance.

In addition to undertaking close readings of the plays, we will read
and critique some representative secondary criticism. Each member of
the class will complete two in-class presentations, one on a play
and another on a critical essay, both of which involve a written
component. The course will culminate in a substantial essay, which
will require intensive critical and archival research.

Plays: The Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus, Richard III,
Richard II, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Merchant of Venice.