Shakespeare's plays continue to play an important role in our collective psyche, in part due to the ways they present the formation of modern subjectivity. Anxieties about nationhood, religion, economic shifts, colonial enterprise, and gender permeate his works, establishing a set of concerns that still inform our worldview. Because of the continued circulation of these works, it is possible to neglect the conditions that produced them. The heart of this course will be the rich range of Shakespeare's drama and poetry, including King Lear, As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream,Richard II, Henry IV, and Hamlet. We will consider the historical backdrop of his plays, keeping in mind previous traditions and genres, and then explore how these works continue to be re-imagined to reestablish their relevance for subsequent ages.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(THEA)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
AS YOU LIKE IT
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Class attendance is required. Two exams and one paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course satisfies the English Department's Literary History I requirement, and contributes to the English major Theory and Literary Forms and British Literature concentrations.
|Instructor(s): Friedberg,Harris A. Times: ..T.R.. 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: PAC002; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 60||SR major: 10||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 15||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 10||JR non-major: 10||SO: 10||FR: 10|
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