English 117 - Fall, 2023


Class Information

Instructor: Bloom, Gina
CRN: 32392
Time: MWF 10:00-10:50
Location: 146 Olson
GE Areas: World Cultures Writing Experience


In this course we will read some of Shakespeare's early histories and comedies, situating them in the Elizabethan theater in which they were originally performed. We will consider the plays in relation to four key areas of dramatic production: text, stage, actor, and audience. By attending to the theatrical conditions in which the plays were staged, we will be better positioned to explore the ways these dramas grapple with a range of historical and contemporary concerns, including: political power, social status, religious authority, gender difference, and individual agency.


Analytic Essay
Short Close Reading papers
Lecture Engagement quizzes
Section participation/attendance


Richard III, eds. Mowat and Werstein
The Taming of the Shrew, ed. Orgel
Henry IV, Part I , ed. McEachern
As You Like It , ed. Dolan
Richard II, ed. Dolan