Shakespeare helped to create a new kind of theater, one sufficient to address the complex and challenging times in which he lived. Sometimes praised as a poet of the stage, he was also one of the most gifted, original, and provocative masters of stagecraft and the dynamics of performance. In this Junior English Seminar, we will be studying a handful of his plays intensively, from all angles, with a special emphasis on the ways in which performance embodies meaning. We will also be examining the ways in which critical theory has been brought to bear on Elizabethan drama over the past fifty years.
Weekly formal and informal writing assignments and a seminar paper due at the end of the term.
Class will balance mini-lectures with discussion and viewing.