This lecture course is designed to introduce students to the often demanding texts of Shakespeare's plays, their major genres (comedy, history, tragedy, and romance or tragicomedy), and the contexts in which they were produced. Shakespeare's career spanned a period of remarkable social, political, religious, and economic change, including the protestant Reformation, the transition from feudalism to mercantile capitalism, early colonialism, global trade, and the rise of the first, purpose-built, commercial theaters. Innovations in dramatic form and genre, which Shakespeare helped craft, sought in varying ways to make sense of these momentous shifts for a diverse theater public. The lectures assume no prior knowledge of Shakespeare or his times and are designed to illuminate the texts of the plays, their cultural contexts, and subsequent critical reception and performance history.
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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
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Class attendance is required and will be monitored. Midterm and final exams and one (6-8pp.) 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): Korda,Natasha Times: ...W.F. 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: PAC002; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 60||SR major: 0||JR major: 15|| || |
|Seats Available: 9||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 15||SO: 15||FR: 15|