Drama in the English Renaissance theater has it all: passion, rage, nobility, intrigue, love, and murder. To see Shakespeare’s plays not in isolation but in the context of his contemporaries is to appreciate the full range of such possibilities. This course will start with Romeo and Juliet, move to two of the best Jacobean tragedies (Webster's The Duchess of Malfi and Middleton and Rowley's The Changeling), and end with a close look at Othello. What do these plays have in common? How do they differ? How do scenes from productions available on DVD affect your interpretation of characters and issues? Using any edition of the four plays will be fine. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion. Viewing Videos.