ENGL621 - Readings in Renaissance English Literature

We will read Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Titus Andronicus, Richard II, I Henry IV, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, King Lear, and Coriolanus.  We will consider these works in relation to several contexts: classical authors important in Shakespeare’s time (Cicero, Ovid, Plutarch, Tacitus), early modern political thought (and propaganda), including matters of obedience and religion (Queen Elizabeth I, William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Robert Persons, Edward Coke, King James VI and I), contemporary historians on Shakespeare and early modern political thought (David Armitage, Conol Condren , Susan James, Peter Lake,  and Quentin Skinner), and literary contexts such as the implications of collaborative authorship, multiple versions of a single play, Shakespeare as a literary vs dramatic author, commercial interests of theatrical production and printing, and the place Shakespeare constructed for himself in early modern England (Colin Burrow, Patrick Cheney, Richard Dutton, Lukas Erne, Stephen Greenblatt, Grace Ioppolo,  David Kastan, Richard Knowles, Roslyn Knutson, Peter Mack, William Manley and Sally-Beth MacLean, Gary Taylor, and S. Schoenbaum