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ENGL 205
Fall 2013
Section: 01  

This lecture course is designed to introduce students to the often demanding texts of Shakespeare's plays, their major genres (comedy, history, tragedy, and romance or tragicomedy), and the contexts in which they were produced. Shakespeare's career spanned a period of remarkable social, political, religious, and economic change, including the protestant Reformation, the transition from feudalism to mercantile capitalism, early colonialism, global trade, and the rise of the first, purpose-built, commercial theaters. Innovations in dramatic form and genre, which Shakespeare helped craft, sought in varying ways to make sense of these momentous shifts for a diverse theater public. The lectures assume no prior knowledge of Shakespeare or his times and are designed to illuminate the texts of the plays, their cultural contexts, and subsequent critical reception and performance history.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(THEA)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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