Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Murphy, Jessica
Discipline and Number
LIT 3313 Section 001
MW Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Shakespeare & His Contemporaries

Description of Course:

This course is designed to introduce you to the rich milieu in which Shakespeare wrote his plays. We will read a selection of works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries alongside a selection of Shakespeare’s plays. With particular attention to the ways Shakespeare and his peer playwrights engage with their historical moment, we will read such playwrights as Marlowe, Kyd, Webster, Jonson, and Ford.

Required Texts:

Plays by William Shakespeare (the texts I have ordered are the cheapest available with good notes; you may use another edition as long as it has good scholarly notes):
Hamlet Penguin ISBN 9780140714548
Merchant of Venice Penguin ISBN 9780140714623
Pericles Penguin ISBN 9780140714692
Romeo and Juliet Penguin ISBN 9780140714845
Twelfth Night Penguin ISBN 9780140714890

Plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries. You may order the individual editions below (again the best price for good notes) or you may choose to order the anthology.
• Ford, John. ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore New Mermaids ISBN 9781408144312
• Jonson, Ben. Epicoene New Mermaids ISBN 9781408144381
• Kyd, Thomas. The Spanish Tragedy New Mermaids ISBN 9781408114216
• Marlowe, Christopher. Jew of Malta New Mermaids ISBN 9781408144893
• Webster, John. Duchess of Malfi New Mermaids ISBN 9781472520654
English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology ed. David Bevington, 2002, ISBN 9780393976557

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Requirements may include short writings, essay exams, and collaborative work.

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