This course draws on artifacts, literature, and first-hand accounts to recover life in London during Shakespeare's time (1550-1650). The course captures various dimensions of life in the bustling city, including reading practices and education, alehouses and coffeehouses, the experiences of the working poor, and urban crime. It addresses how men and women used various kinds or personal writing - from diaries and letters to spiritual journals and recipe books - to construct their day-to-day lives. Class discussion and assignments consider how Londoners chose to record certain information and how varying genres of writing informed resulting accounts.
1:00 - 1:50 pm
Class Dates: 09/05/2017 - 12/13/2017