ENGLISH 467 - Topics in Shakespeare
Section: 201
Term: SU 2008
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prior course work in Shakespeare is recommended.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will examine the dramaturgy of William Shakespeare, beginning early in his career with The Taming of the Shrew and ending with King Lear. In between these two works, Shakespeare wrote, or co-wrote, a number of remarkable plays in a variety of dramaturgical genres. We will consider what constitutes Shakespearean comedy and tragedy in particular by focusing on families in Shakespeare: how do they come into being, what societal pressures and anxieties do they reflect, and how does Shakespeare construe the importance of familial bonds as opposed to other bonds (for example, the bonds of friendship, the bonds of nationalism, and the bonds of religion)? We will look at families, and familial relations, in a number of plays, including The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and Hamlet). We will also consider courtship in the context of Shakespearean comedy, history, and tragedy, by studying Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, and Othello. Shakespeare drew, relentlessly and imaginatively, from a dizzying array of sources, including folktales, romances, novellas, historical chronicles, and contemporary events, and we will assess the impact that these diverse genres had on his work. In an attempt to appreciate the interpretive possibilities opened up by Shakespearean drama, we will also consider some modern, cinematic adaptations of his work. Paperback copies of Shakespeare's Tragedies and Comedies (Norton edition), and the Penguin edition of Henry V will all be available at Shaman Drum.

ENGLISH 467 - Topics in Shakespeare
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201 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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