Create your own title, but subject is this: ENGL 3224: Staging the Mediterranean in Renaissance England

Create your own title, but subject is this: ENGL 3224: Staging the Mediterranean in Renaissance England

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ENGL 3224: Staging the Mediterranean in Renaissance England–Essay 2

Write an essay of six pages on one of the topics below. All topics require a discussion of any two of the following three plays: The Jew of Malta, The Knight of Malta, and Othello.

Format: Papers must be double-spaced and typed in 12-point Times New Roman or similar font, and each page must have one-inch borders on all sides. Provide a brief title for your paper (the title-page is optional and is not included in the page count). You may use footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical citations—just be clear and consistent. Number your pages.

• Grammar and spelling will be marked along with argument and ideas, so write correctly and proofread your final draft.
• Quote lines and passages from the plays, but do not quote more than eight lines at a time in citing a particular speech.
• Quote from any primary sources available on EEBO—you are welcome to use the works that you or your classmates discussed in oral presentations.
• Quote from maximum three secondary sources and keep the emphasis on your own ideas and interpretations, not the critics’ ideas. You may use scholarly articles through electronic databases in our library system such as JSTOR, MLA Bibliography, Literature Online, Project Muse, or The Shakespeare Collection. Do not use non-academic and unreliable online sources.
• Cite all sources you use on a Works Cited page attached to your essay; you may also append a Works Consulted page if you wish. Any form of plagiarism will result in a failing grade.

Form an argument that supports a clearly stated thesis using detailed evidence and appropriate quotation from the text. Place impartial literary analysis in the foreground of the essay, and leave your personal reaction to texts and topics in the background.

1. Examine at least two inter-racial or inter-religious romantic relationships, or two characters whose identities conflate different ethnicities or religions. How do these relationships and characters fare in the worlds of the plays (are they viable or doomed to failure, and why)? What do they suggest about the ways in which early modern England perceived the political, cultural, and economic relations in foreign places and identified itself against “Others”?

2. How are jewels, clothing, purses, pictures, pendants, keepsakes, and other material objects that adorn the characters or move across the stage as props used to mark the characters’ political, cultural, racial, or sexual otherness? Do they enhance or undermine the exoticism and danger of the foreign settings in which they appear? How do playwrights use them to show what the English thought they knew about foreign places and peoples?

3. Examine religious language and imagery in the selected plays. How do the plays redefine common religious terms, such as infidel, idolatry, renegade, and others? What does the characters’ religious rhetoric suggest about how and why Malta, Venice, and Cyprus figure as spaces where the established notions of religious identity, gender, sexuality, or criminality (transgression of earthly and divine laws) are re-fashioned?

4. In all of the plays we have read, women are put on trial or find themselves in trial-like situations created by the representatives of the governing patriarchal structure. What rhetorical strategies do women use to resist “the law of the father,” and how successful are they? How do they enlist their religion and ethnicity to undermine the logic of the patriarchy and the discriminatory discourses on gender and sexuality?

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