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Plague and Care-Work in Shakespeare's England
CHUM 348
Spring 2023
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 345

Plague exerted an enormous influence on the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and indeed on theater as a commercial enterprise. Pandemic theater closures and quarantines were frequent throughout his career, and it is likely that his son Hamnet died of plague. This seminar examines four Shakespeare plays (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, The Winter's Tale) and their preoccupations with time, temporality, belatedness, mortality and ephemerality (of theater and the world-as-stage) and with an ethics and recognition of the work of care, as these are shaped by the recurrence of plague-a perspective that will allow us to draw connections and discern differences between Shakespeare's time and our own.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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