358:315 Shakespeare: The Jacobean Plays

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"He was not of an age, but for all time," wrote Ben Jonson of Shakespeare. This lecture course surveys the plays written in the height of Shakespeare's career, when Shakespeare was the leading playwright for the King's Men – writing plays not only during the reign of King James I, but frequently performing them before the king himself. We will study a broad range of genres, including comedies, histories, and especially tragedies and Shakespearean Romance. Some attention will be given to Shakespeare's context, film and stage interpretation, and to the range of allusion in his plays. Readings will include Measure for Measure, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest.
Requirements: a midterm, a final exam, and two short essays.

Texts: Available at Barnes and Noble at Rutgers, 100 Somerset St.