Renaissance Drama: The Places of Performance
Listed in: English, as ENGL-34
Anston L. Bosman (Section 01)
The course surveys multiple forms of drama and spectacle in Renaissance England with special attention to the cultural articulation of space. We will consider the relation of a range of texts to their real and imagined performance sites-public theatres like the Globe as well as private playhouses, castles, fairgrounds, taverns, and the streets of London-asking what impact these places had on the dramas themselves, on their representation of public and private worlds, and on the social and political role of theatre in society at large. Reading will include works by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, Heywood, Middleton and Rowley, and Milton. Recommended requisite: A previous course in Shakespeare or Renaissance literature. First semester. Professor Bosman.