Spring 2023 - ENGL 415W D200
Seminar in Media, Culture and Performance (4)
Class Number: 7703
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Fr 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
1 778 782-5436
Prerequisites:45 units or two 300-division English courses.
Advanced seminar in the relation of literature and media (manuscript, print, visual, aural, electronic, and/or oral) within their cultural and/or performative contexts. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Writing.
Traditional definitions of dramatic comedies and tragedies center on their endings: comedies are supposed to end with marriages, and tragedies with death. Yet plays staged in Restoration and eighteenth-century England often wreak havoc with these norms, with several tragedies ending in marriage and several comedies concluding with lovers parting. And those are just the conclusions: some comedies also feature tragic elements like sexual assaults, widows, and near-death scenes, while some tragedies feature low-comic characters, bawdy sex scenes, and reconception of tragic characters as comic in their epilogues. Even mainstay tragedies from earlier periods like Shakespeare's Hamlet are laced with comic interludes in eighteenth-century revivals.
What accounts for this "genre trouble"? In this class we'll read several plays from the Restoration and eighteenth century that feature seemingly odd generic deviations, and ask what this tells us about audience taste. Authors will range from Aphra Behn, John Dryden, George Etherege, Thomas Otway, John Vanbrugh, and William Wycherley, to Shakespeare himself. Students will write research papers on topics of their choosing that relate to Restoration and eighteenth-century theatre, and will also help to bring theatre to life in a group-based class project.
- participation 10%
- class presentation 5%
- annotated bibliography 25%
- class project 25%
- research paper, 11-13 pages 35%
RESTORATION DRAMA : AN ANTHOLOGY. Ed. David Womersley
Hamlet. Ed. Barbara Mowat
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