Fall 2008

From Shakespeare to Sheridan: Early Modern Comedy

Listed in: English, as ENGL-33


Allison K. Deutermann (Section 01)


Taking “early modern” in its broadest temporal sense, we will read a range of canonical and less well-known plays that are rarely considered together, from Shakespeare’s romantic comedies to Sheridan’s comedies of manners. How do the conventions of comedy change over time? What do such shifts tell us about the historical and cultural conditions in which these plays were produced? Previous coursework in drama or in Renaissance or eighteenth-century literature is helpful but not required. Limited to 35 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Deutermann.