ENGL452 - English Drama from 1660 to 1800

This is a close-reading look at some Restoration and eighteenth-century plays, with special attention to theatrical and political history, 18th century literary and material culture, architecture, and the arts. One feature of the course will be pairings of old and new plays: George Farquhar's THE RECRUITING OFFICER (1706) with its modern counterpart OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD (Timberlake Wertenbaker, 1988); Oliver Goldsmith's SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER (1773) with April de Angelis' A LAUGHING MATTER (2002); and George Etheredge's THE MAN OF MODE (1676) with Stephen Jeffries' THE LIBERTINE (1995). We will also read plays by Sheridan, Richard Cumberland, John Gay, and Henry Fielding. And we shall watch Peter Shaffer's AMADEUS (1984) and Stanley Kubrick's BARRY LYNDON (1975). You will also be required to attend a play on the DC professional stage (TBA), write 40 pages, and do three serious exams.


Two English courses in literature or permission of department.