ENGL305 - Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
0101 - Trudell, Scott

The flowering of drama in Elizabethan and Jacobean England involved many playwrights.  Shakespeare borrowed from Thomas Kyd, revered Christopher Marlowe, competed with Ben Jonson, and collaborated with Thomas Middleton.  This course places Shakespeare alongside other great playwrights of his era, exploring connections between early modern plays and contextualizing them in their historical moment.  We will read Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare’s Richard III and Hamlet, Jonson’s Epicoene, Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Students will be asked to draw connections between early modern drama and contemporary culture.  Requirements will include reading quizzes, weekly contributions to a course blog, two papers, and a final exam.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of department.