English Renaissance Drama: Early Modern Tragedy

Course Number: ENGL 157
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 157
Quarter: Winter 2011
Instructor: Griffin, Andrew
Day(s): MW
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Location: GIRV 2128

This class asks about the “early modern-ness” of early modern tragedy. What, if anything, is uniquely, characteristically, or exclusively early modern about the tragedies that were staged between 1550 and 1650? To answer such a question, we will begin with a provisional definition of the tragic – as “spirit,” say, or as genre – and we’ll subsequently ask about the ways that a selection of early modern tragedies either swerve from or embody this definition. Along the way, we might recognize not only the historical specificity of early modern tragedy, but also the limits of the provisional definition with which we began.