HIST 477/ENGL 382 Murder and Monarchy: Shakespeare's British History

Class Schedule

date   CONTENT STUDENT READINGS
Jan   16 Orientation Introduction to Theatre:  staging and space.  
Jan   18 The Real Shakespeare Introduction to History:  method and sources. Saccio, pp. vi-x, Chap I, pp. 229-273; Riverside Shakespeare, General Intro
Jan   23 Elizabethan and Jacobean England Shakespeare's texts and sources; how to read Shakespeare. Riverside Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Text, Chronology and Sources, Appendix D Annals
Jan   25

 

Myth and Royal Power in King Lear Kings as warleaders, judges, and symbolic parents. Riverside Shakespeare, King Lear
Jan   30 Myth and Royal Power in King Lear Medieval feudal politics  
Feb   1 Myth and Royal Power in King Lear    
Feb 6 Anglo-Scottish Relations through MacBeth History of England and Scotland in the 11th Century Shakespeare Paper Due
Riverside Shakespeare, MacBeth
 
Feb 8 Anglo-Scottish Relations through MacBeth Witchcraft for James I and Shakespeare  
Feb 13 Anglo-Scottish Relations through MacBeth History of the British Isles after MacBeth  
Feb 15 Crises of the Late Middle Ages through Richard II

History of early reign of Richard II
Parallelism of the play

Saccio, Chap II; Riverside Shakespeare, Richard II
Feb 20 Crises of the Late Middle Ages through Richard II History of Bolingbroke’s coup  
Feb 22 Crises of the Late Middle Ages through Richard II History of  Parliament  
Feb 27 Review   Review
March 1     Mid Term Exam

Spring Break

date   content Student readings and assignments
Mar 13 Crises of the Late Middle Ages through Henry IV, Part I History of Henry IV.
Education of a Prince .
Saccio, Chap III; Riverside Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I
Mar 15 Crises of the Late Middle Ages through Henry IV, Part I History of tactics and strategy in medieval warfare. Riverside Shakespeare, King Lear
Mar 20 Crises of the Late Middle Ages through Henry IV, Part I Review of Relations among Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and England  
Mar 22 Hundred Years War through Henry V Brief history of 100 Years war before Henry V.
Proving of a Prince--Henry V and leadership.
Saccio, Chap IV; Riverside Shakespeare, Henry V
Mar 27 Hundred Years War through Henry V History of Henry V and the 100 Years War.  
Mar 29 Hundred Years War through Henry V History of the Battle of Agincourt.  
Apr 3 Review   Play Paper Due
  Easter Recess    
Apr 10 The Challenge of Henry VI History of the Begin of Wars of Roses. Saccio, Chap V, VI; Tey, Daughter of Time
Apr 12 The Wars of the Roses through Richard III The controversy of Richard III in history, drama, and fiction. Saccio, Chap VII; Riverside Shakespeare, Richard III
Apr 17 The Wars of the Roses through Richard III Historical method in Daughter of Time.  
Apr 19 The Wars of the Roses through Richard III History of end of the Plantagenet and the beginning of the Tudor Dynasty.  
Apr 24 History and Shakespeare    
Apr 26 Shakespeare and History    
May 1 Review   Review
May 4-11     Final Exam

Back