English & Writing StudiesWestern Arts and Humanities

English 9114A ~ The Stagecraft of Thomas Heywood

Professor M.J. Kidnie

Fall Half Course

Thomas Heywood was one of Shakespeare's most successful and prolific contemporaries. Charles Lamb describes him as a “prose Shakespeare” and Heywood claims, probably truthfully, to have had “a hand or at least the main finger” in 220 plays of the period. His plays, some of them collaborative, show a sustained intertextual engagement with the drama and poetry of his contemporaries, and with Shakespeare, in particular. This course will study Heywood’s writings for the stage with close attention to his dramaturgy, his professional association with the popularist Red Bull Theatre, and to his recurrent interest in the politics of marriage and authority.

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