Staging Race in Early Modern England|
Spring 2020 not offered
FGSS 320, CHUM 289, THEA 290|
This course analyzes the dramatic representation of race in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. We will examine the historical emergence of race as a cultural construct in relation to related conceptions of complexion, the humoral body, gender, sexuality, and religious, ethnic, and national identity. Readings focus on three racialized groups: Moors, Jews, and Native American "Indians." After reading the play-texts in relation to the historical moment in which they were first produced (using both primary and secondary sources) we will then consider their post-Renaissance performance histories, including literary, theatrical, and film adaptations.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(FGSS)(THEA)
Shakespeare, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, OTHELLO, THE TEMPEST
Ben Jonson, THE MASQUE OF BLACKNESS
Christopher Marlowe, THE JEW OF MALTA
Thomas Harriot, A BRIEF AND TRUE REPORT OF THE NEW FOUND LAND OF VIRGINIA
John Leo, A GEOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF AFRICA
John Smith, A DESCRIPTION OF NEW ENGLAND
John Fletcher and Philip Massinger, THE SEA VOYAGE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Assignments include two short papers (5pp.), an oral presentation, and a final research project (10pp). Students choosing the Research Option will complete a semester-long research paper (20-25pp.) in lieu of other written assignments.
"Moodle" used as a Web Resource.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course meets the English Department's Literary History I requirement, and also carries a Research Option that fulfills the research requirement for English majors wishing to write an honors thesis. The course also contributes to the English Major Theory and Literary Forms, British Literature and Race and Ethnicity concentrations.