ENGLISH 467 - Topics in Shakespeare
Section: 201 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Family
Term: SU 2010
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Class Misc Info:
This class satisfies the Pre-1600 requirement for English concentrators. .
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prior course work in Shakespeare is recommended.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will examine the dramaturgy of William Shakespeare, beginning early in his career with The Taming of the Shrew and ending with The Winter's Tale. 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 and the bonds of religion)? We will look at families, and familial relations, in a number of plays, including The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and Hamlet. In an attempt to appreciate the interpretive possibilities opened up by Shakespearean drama, we will also consider some modern, cinematic adaptations of his work.

Requirements include a take-home, midterm exercise and a take-home, final exam, both in the form of papers. To insure that students are completing the reading on time, quizzes will occasionally be given at the beginning of class.

ENGLISH 467 - Topics in Shakespeare
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201 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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The required edition is the paperback, second edition of the Norton Shakespeare devoted exclusively to the Comedies.
ISBN: 9780393931419
The Norton Shakespeare, based on the Oxford edition., Author: Stephen Greenblatt, general editor ; Walter Cohen, Jean E. Howard, Katharine Eisaman Maus, [editors] ; with an essay on the Shakespearean stage by Andrew Gurr., Publisher: W.W. Norton 2nd ed. 2008
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