Faculty of Arts


Age of Shakespeare: Tragedy

Please note: this is archived course information from 2012 for ENGLISH 353.


An introduction to the golden age of English theatre, involving detailed study of a selection of tragedies by Shakespeare and several of his most brilliant contemporaries. The course is intended to help students respond with pleasure to the plays as theatrical as well as literary artefacts. Students are encouraged to think across texts as well as to engage in close analysis of individual plays. Tutorial work will also involve discussion of critical issues and histories in interpretation of the plays. The course is paired with ENGLISH 265/310 (Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragicomedies). Though it can be taken on its own, students who take both will find them mutually enriching. The course can also be taken as part of a major or minor in DRAMA.

Availability 2012

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Professor Tom Bishop


Anon., Arden of Faversham, ed. Martin White (New Mermaids); Marlowe, The Jew of Malta, ed. David Bevington (Revels); Shakespeare, Hamlet, ed. G.R. Hibbard (Oxford); Middleton, The Revenger's Tragedy, ed. Brian Gibbons (New Mermaids); Shakespeare, Othello, ed. Michael Neill (Oxford); Shakespeare, King Lear, ed. R. A. Foakes (Arden); Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra, ed. Michael Neill (Oxford); Webster, The Duchess of Malfi, ed. Brian Gibbons (New Mermaids); Middleton and Rowley, The Changeling, ed. Michael Neill (New Mermaids).

Recommended Reading

Andrew McRae, Renaissance Drama (Arnold); Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearean Stage, 4th ed. (Cambridge). Adrian Poole, Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford).


Coursework + exam


ENGLISH 353: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in English



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