I decided, as the timeline grew, that character lists and plot synopses would have made the timeline of English Renaissance literature so unwieldy that it would be useless for studying. So I called the project to a close this morning, and here’s the list of stuff that I’m prepared to talk about two weeks from today:
I think I might be nuts, professing to know the intellectual and literary culture of a hundred-fifty-year span of time, four hundred or so years distant from my own lifetime, with any sort of authority. I’m also nuts for claiming that my idiosyncratic list of texts paints a picture anything close to comprehensive. But professors are nuts, I’ve decided. So there you go.
O ye English teachers, I know that some of the dates on the timeline are as heavily speculative as one can get. It’s a study tool, not dogma. So save your comments. (Nah. Go ahead and post ’em. I can always use more page traffic. 🙂 )
Incidentally, on a rough count, I’ve got seventy stage plays (masques not included) in my utility belt. I can’t imagine I’ll need more than that, but I suppose that’s the anxiety that comes with comps.
[edit: Yes, I know that Fletcher, not Webster, is the name conventionally attached to The Tamer Tamed. I was tired. No, I’m not going to change my .pdf at this point. Give me a break.]