G-LSUD3 EnLit322 Topics in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama: love and jealousy

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Between 1576, when the first theatre was built in London, and 1642, when the theatres closed at the onset of the Civil War, English society experienced a crisis in values and ideas regarding the individuals place in the social, political, and religious system as well as in the cosmos more generally.  Such a crisis is often reflected in the drama of the period and more specifically in the choices made by the dramatic characters. This course will examine dramatic works whose heroes and heroines are conscious transgressors of the fictional world they inhabit and, by reflection, of the real-life world of their authors. The dramas selected for close study are: Christopher Marlowes Doctor Faustus, Elizabeth Carys The Tragedy of Mariam and John Websters The Duchess of Malfi.

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Assessment method: a number of in-class presentations (optional) and a comprehensive, essay-type exam at the end.


Teaching hours: 3 | Credits: 3 | ECTS: 6

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