MEMS 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This course meets the Pre-1600 requirement for English concentrators.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will examine the dramaturgy of William Shakespeare, beginning early in his career with Romeo and Juliet and ending with King Lear. Lectures will pair each play with a larger set of questions meant to submerge Shakespeare's works within their cultural, and intellectual, surrounds. Thus, Romeo and Juliet will be read in relation to the early modern period's fascination with the Neoplatonic theory of love, while Henry V will be assessed in light of relevant political theories of absolutism. Other topics with which we will engage will include the Renaissance concept of the patriarchal family (King Lear), anti-Semitism and cruelty (The Merchant of Venice), Renaissance gender theory (Twelfth Night), philosophical skepticism (Hamlet), and the period's obsession with social class (1 Henry IV). More broadly, we will also consider what constitutes the generic differences between Shakespearean comedies, tragedies, and histories, and what it was like to see a play performed in early modern London. In an attempt to appreciate the interpretive possibilities opened up by Shakespearean drama, we will also routinely consider modern, cinematic adaptations of the plays we read.

Two papers will be assigned, as well as a final exam and routine quizzes to insure that students are keeping up with the reading. Only one book will be required: The Norton Shakespeare ($50.00).

MEMS 367 - Shakespeare's Principal Plays
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
18775
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
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18776
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
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18777
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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18778
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
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18779
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1
 
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F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
006 (DIS)
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24757
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
007 (DIS)
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24758
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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