Prompt: How does what you are learning relate to your coursework?

Now that we are nearly at the end of the semester, it is almost time for final papers. For English Renaissance Literature, the class I have had the pleasure of taking with Professor Bennett, I am considering focusing on Othello. We are about halfway done with it now and I think writing on one of the works freshest in my mind is a good idea for the final paper. It is also the first time I have ever read Othello, while some of the other works from this semester (such as Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Sir Philip Sidney’s Astrophil and Stella) are familiar to me from previous classes.

I do not have a more specific topic in mind yet (though I do tend to lean towards feminist analysis), but I am not particularly worried since no matter what I write about I will no doubt be able to find an abundance of sources to work with. Editing the Digital Resources page involved reviewing every single resource listed, and I made a note of which websites would be the most helpful for finding sources for my final paper on the basis that Would likely write about either Othello or Marlowe’s Tamberlaine. About half of the resources listed would benefit me in the event that I write about Tamburlaine, but there are quite a few that focus more on Shakespeare and are linked to the Kit Marlowe Project because resources about an author’s contemporaries are just as important as resources about the author themselves. The Folger Shakespeare Library does have plenty of content about Kit Marlowe, but Shakespearian content is much more abundant (as the name indicates). The British Library also has a page specifically for Shakespeare and the Renaissance, so that will probably be another good reference point for me when I start researching.

April 25, 2021
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