Book orders for another semester are bearing down on me. Again. It looks like I'll be teaching two new courses next semester. One is our senior seminar in earlier British lit, which I could revamp a previous course for, but I want to do something different.
In recent years, I've done a course on the Other in EME Drama, Marlowe, and Witchcraft in EME Drama. And while I really enjoyed each of those, I'm ready to do something different, and then maybe come back to one of the topics I've done before. (I need enough space to feel like I'll rethink the readings and see what's new, and also enough time for students who want to take a second EM seminar to have a choice that's significantly different. That's not a huge population, but it's a few students a year, probably.)
So, I'm thinking of an EME comedy (plays, primarily) course.
On the for sure list so far is Epicoene. Other than that, I'm pretty wide open. I am thinking, however, of finishing the semester with Emma with is neither early modern nor a drama, but would, I think, be a delightful finish to the semester for students and me alike.
So, here goes. What plays do you think should I teach? (I'm willing to go to EEBO if I have to, so it doesn't have to be just widely in modern editions, but modern editions are helpful!)
The Knight of the Burning Pestle (I have a copy of an 18th century edition, so that would be extra fun for show and tell.)
What theory and criticism?
I can't wait to hear your suggestions!