Shakespeare's plays continue to play an important role in our collective psyche, in part due to the ways they present the formation of modern subjectivity. Anxieties about nationhood, religion, economic shifts, colonial enterprise, and gender permeate his works, establishing a set of concerns that still inform our worldview. Because of the continued circulation of these works, it is possible to neglect the conditions that produced them. The heart of this course will be the rich range of Shakespeare's drama and poetry, including King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, and Hamlet. We will consider the historical backdrop of his plays, keeping in mind previous traditions and genres, and then explore how these works continue to be re-imagined in order to re-establish their relevance for subsequent ages. In addition to a range of interpretive lenses, we will use film clips to explore a variety of performance issues.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Brit Lit)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(THEA)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
ROMEO AND JULIET
|Examination and Assignments: |
Class attendance is required. Two exams and one paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course satisfies the English Department's Literary History I requirement, and contributes to the English major Theory and Literary Forms and British Literature concentrations.
|Instructor(s): Eggers,Will Times: .M.W.F. 11:00AM-11:50AM; Location: JUDD116; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 60||SR major: 10||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 10||JR non-major: 10||SO: 10||FR: 10|