How did the comic, serious, and musical drama of the modern era come into being? Who were the actors, singers, writers, and audiences of the “classics”? What made theater a powerful concept as well as a hotly-debated practice in 16th- and 17th-century Europe? Students explore secular and professional drama as it emerged in Renaissance Italy and spread to Spain, England, and France. Selected works by Machiavelli, Monteverdi, Cervantes, Calderon, Shakespeare, Moliere, Behn and others. All non-English works are read in translation. Meets with LIT/WGS 381.
Course-related fee: A fee will be charged to cover Veneto Theater Tour day trip and Florence site visits (Spring 2019 fee = $195).