Secular and professional drama as it emerged in Renaissance Italy and spread to Spain, England, and France. Selected works of Machiavelli, Monteverdi, Cervantes, Calderon, Shakespeare, Molière, Behn and others (in English).
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? The course also focuses on the representation of sexuality and gender, with special attention given to the activity of women as performers, script-writers, directors, and producers of theater. All non-English works are read in translation. Meets with LIT/WGS 381.
Course fee: covers day trip to Padua/Vicenza and Florence site visits (spring 2023 fee = $190).