A survey of English Renaissance drama (excluding Shakespeare) that will help students place Shakespeare in the context of other works for the stage before and during his career, including such writers as Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Dekker, Middleton, Beaumont, Fletcher, Ford, and Webster. We will also devote time to studying the organization and evolution of the public theatres as well as the publication of plays in Shakespeare's day. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. disc.