Spring 2024 - ENGL 493W D200

Seminar in Special Topics (4)

Class Number: 4956

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, Thu, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units or two 300-division English courses.



Advanced seminar. May be organized by author, genre, period, critical approach, or other criteria. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Writing.


Jacobean and Caroline Tragedy

As Shakespeare's career began to wind down in the first decades of the 17th century, a new generation of playwrights emerged. These writers, raised on professional theatre and serving under monarchs with very different tastes from Elizabeth I, created plays that were self-reflexive, sexually explicit, shockingly violent, and very funny. We will be studying eight of these plays. Use any texts you can find or the e-texts that I will link to on Canvas.

The plays: The Revenger's TragedyThe Duchess of MalfiThe Changeling"Tis Pity She's a WhoreCataline His ConspiracyThe Maid's TragedyThe Broken Heart, The Insatiate Countess



Course requirements:                            

Participation: 15%

Seminar presentation: 20%

Short paper: 25% (2,000 words)

Research proposal and annotated bibliography: 5% 

Research paper: 35% (2,500 words)



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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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