Studies in Restoration and Enlightenment Literature: Shakespeare’s Ghosts
Who was Shakespeare? For what reason is he found in every high school classroom across the US? Why is his specter in nearly every subsequent era and genre of English literature? Despite his foundational status in the English canon, the recent attribution of many of his late plays to Marlowe by the Oxford Collected Works has reignited the debate on Shakespeare’s significance and the individual authorship of his work, and over the chauvinist nature of the canon itself. These are debates that began almost immediately during the restoration, when emergent literary critical institutions debated and adapted Shakespeare for the 18th century stage. In this class, we will take a hybrid, trans-historical approach, reading Shakespeare and Marlowe, studying their artistry, and then turning to restoration and modern adaptation and criticism to find the roots and modern manifestations of the debates surrounding Shakespeare.
ENGL 253 C1
DePalma, Doug R.
Course Format Description
Asynchronus work twice a week. Synchronous 1 on 1 and small group discussions (max 3) and problem solving sessions once per week, available in-person or online