Cultures of Shakespeare (EAS3214)

30 credits

Cultures of Shakespeare explores a wide range of literature produced in Tudor and Stuart England. There is a strong focus on plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, but these are studied alongside an array of other forms including lyric and narrative poetry, political writings, sermon, and libel. The module texts illuminate early modern English culture and society from several of its most vibrant and contested vantage points, in the theatre, the court, the city, the pulpit, and the household. Major themes include gender politics, the Reformation, good rule and tyranny, and theatrical performance.