Course DescriptionsEngl 100: Exposition and ArgumentEngl 101: English for International StudentsEngl 200: Literary StudiesEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Language, Form, InspirationEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Crime FictionEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Utopian/ Dystopian LiteratureEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Into the WildEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Banned Books and Novel IdeasEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Horrible Husbands and Wicked WivesEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Innocence and ExperienceEngl 231: Film AestheticsEngl 300: Introduction to Professional WritingEngl 301: Introduction to Creative WritingEngl 310: Introduction to Technical WritingEngl 321: Intermediate CompositionEngl 365/565*: Studies in American LiteratureEngl 380/ 580*: Topics in WritingEngl 386: Internship in EnglishEngl 389: Teaching English to Speakers of Other LanguagesEngl 390/590: Topics in LiteratureEngl 396/596: Traditions of Giving and Serving in American LifeEngl 400: New Literacies, Cultures, and Technologies of WritingEngl 401: American Literature 1English 402: American Literature 2Engl 405/505*: Masterpieces of World LiteratureEngl 408/508: Methods of Literary Criticism and ResearchEngl 409/509: Literature of the Medieval PeriodEngl 410/510: ShakespeareEngl 420/520: Literature of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth CenturiesEngl 423: Short Story WritingEngl 424: Poetry WritingEngl 425: Creative NonfictionEngl 430/530: Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth CenturyEng 431: Advanced CompositionEngl 441/541: History of the English LanguageEngl 442/542: Modern English GrammarEngl 443/543: Introduction to LinguisticsEngl 450/550: British Literature of the Nineteenth CenturyEngl 456: The NovelEngl 460/560: Twentieth-Century DramaEngl 470/570: Twentieth-Century FictionEngl 475/575: Twentieth Century PoetryEngl 478: Literature for ChildrenEngl 479/ 579: Literature for AdolescentsEngl 481: Cooperative Education in English 1Engl 482-483: Cooperative Education in English II-IIIEngl 489: The Teaching of EnglishEngl 491: Seminar in Professional WritingEngl 492: Seminar in WritingEngl 493: Seminar in EnglishEngl 495*: Independent Study in EnglishEngl 497: Honors Work in EnglishEngl 498: Honors Candicacy in EnglishEngl 609: Theory and Practice of Expository WritingLS 610: Seminar in HumanitiesEnglish 610: Studies in Nineteenth-Century British LiteratureEngl 615: Shakespeare and His ContemporariesEngl 635: Studies in American Literature

Cr. 3.


The death of Elizabeth I makes a turning point in British drama. Beginning with Hamlet, the Jacobean dramatists turned inward to explore the darkest corners of the human psyche. Their tragedies portray the human struggle to be heroic, to assert control over self and circumstance, and to will order on a disintegrating world. Their comedies dissect men and women and strip them naked to reveal their vanity and folly. The tragedies are passionate, moving, ironic, and often disturbing. Together they cover the richest, most explosive body of dramatic literature in English.

Our course will explore the drama through a representative but also wide ranging selection of plays. Possible choices include the following: Shakespeare, King Lear; Antony and Cleopatra or Troilus and Cressida; Webster, The White Devil; Ford, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore; Jonson, Bartholomew Fair; Chapman, The Widow's Tears; Massinger, The New Way to Pay Old Debts; Tourner, The Revenger's Tragedy; Middleton, The Changeling; and Marston, The Dutch Courtesan.

To establish the distinctiveness of Jacobean drama, the course will begin by tracing the development of drama from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. We will pay attention to changes in form and staging practices, and we will link the history of the stage to the spirit of the age. As preparation for the study of these plays, we will also explore definitions of and our expectations of tragedy and comedy, and later try to assess these plays in terms of these deliberations.

Student requirements: an oral report, a short paper (five to eight pages), a major paper (ten to fifteen pages), a midterm, and a final exam.