Courses: Italy on the English Stage (ENGLH229B01)

Spring 2013

Italy held a very special place in the imagination of early modern Europeans, and it was a favorite setting for English Renaissance dramatists. Its major cities represented different aspects of an alien locale where the English audience could readily project and displace homegrown social and political anxieties. In this course, we will travel from romantic Verona to Venice, the sophisticated center of a maritime empire, and venture to the Vatican in Rome. Most central to our exploration is the city of Florence, birthplace of Machiavelli. This city was more than an exotic setting for English dramatists; it represented a political worldview that was rapidly transforming Europe. Among the dramatists we will study are Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster, Middleton, and Ford.

Prerequisites: Freshman Writing

Fulfills: HU III


English (Web site)

Taught By

Barbara Riebling (Profile)


Haverford, Wdsd

Meeting Times

TTh 2:30-4:00