No author in the history of the world has been more widely read, studied, performed, and written about than William Shakespeare. But Shakespeare’s age was rich in great writers: men and women like Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, Mary Sidney, John Donne, John Milton, Aemelia Lanyer, Mary Wroth, Francis Bacon, and Margaret Cavendish. It was also the age of Luther and Calvin, Copernicus and Galileo, Queen Elizabeth I and Walter Raleigh. The world became round, America was discovered, the Catholic church shattered apart, London became a metropolis, a revolution dethroned a king, and printed books became affordable for the common reader.
Recent Courses (including offerings via The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
Shakespeare’s Shrews (Higginbotham), The Importance of Dinner in Ancient and Renaissance Literature (Hamlin), The Renaissance Invention of Love (Hamlin), Renaissance and Revolution (Higginbotham), Shakespeare’s English History Plays (Highley), Literary Locations: The England of Elizabeth and Shakespeare (Highley), Shakespeare’s Comedies (Highley), Shakespeare's London (Highley, CMRS), Shakespeare and Others (Wilson), Shakespeare and Film (Farmer), Shakespeare and the Book (Farmer)
Shakespeare (Dutton), Elizabeth I: Life, Literature, and Legend (Highley, CMRS), Poetry and Prayer: The Religious Lyric (Hamlin), Literature, Politics, and Culture in the Reign of Henry VIII (Highley, CMRS), History of the Book (Farmer, CMRS), Sex, Money and Power in Renaissance Drama (Highley)
Renaissance Pastoral: Literary Form and the Politics of Agrarian Labor (Wilson), Petrarch and Love in the Renaissance (Hamlin), Biblical Allusion in Renaissance Literature (Hamlin), Multiple-Text Shakespeare Plays (Farmer), Caroline Drama (Farmer), Graduate Studies in Renaissance Drama (Farmer), Catholic and Anti-Catholic in Early Modern England (Highley), Theater and Neighborhood in Early Modern England (Highley)
Graduate workshops have been offered by visiting scholars including in recent years Stephen Orgel, Anthony B. Dawson, Julie Crawford, Heather Dubrow, Arthur F. Marotti, Dympna Callaghan, and James Simpson.